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Robert Louis Brei, 81, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Crestview Care and Rehab Center in West Branch.

Robert was born on Nov. 2, 1931, in Muscatine, the son of Louis Adam and Irene (Monk) Brei. He was a 1950 graduate of Muscatine High School. In June of 1951, he was married to Marilyn Edith Hines; they later divorced.

Robert was in the U.S. Air Force, serving from Oct. 1951 to Oct. 1955, where he was stationed in Wichita, Kan. as an aircraft mechanic. After his service in the Air Force, he worked as an automotive repair technician, maintenance man for Standard Oil Co. and an automotive parts person.

He is survived by his children Randy Brei of Huntsville, Ala. and Lou Ann Brei (Denny) Lathrop of Iowa City, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his sister Carolyn Peters of Coralville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, ex-wife Marilyn and his daughter Kathryn Jean Brei in 2001.

No services are planned. A private family burial will take place at a later date. The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneral home.com or directly to the family: Lou Ann Lathrop, 715 Kennedy Parkway, Iowa City, Iowa 52246.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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