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Obituary for Theodore George Brna
Theodore George Brna, 85, of Cary NC departed this world on Monday, August 20, 2018. He was born in Emporia, Va on March 14, 1933. He graduated from Emporia High School as a multi-sport letter athlete. He then served his country as a veteran of the Korean War and completed over 30 years in the service of his country in the US Army Reserve before retiring with a rank of colonel. He obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech where he also taught mechanical and environmental engineering following completion of his doctorate from NC State University. In 1976, he relocated to Cary and joined the inaugural Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an environmental engineer. His EPA career included extensive domestic and international consultation activities in the control and recovery technology field. Professionally, he was also very involved with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), serving as regional vice president before his retirement in 2004. Ted was also a dedicated leader at Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Raleigh where he continued to serve in many capacities after his retirement. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he will be most sorely missed at his grandchildrens' sporting events, the NC State Fair and Christmas Eve gatherings. He is survived by his 4 children, Theodore George (Jr) of Bailey; Brenda of Loveland, CO; Ronald Paul of Youngsville; and Thomas Eric of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren Stephanie, Merri, Andrew, James Matthew, Kaitlyn, Jennifer, Roxann, Madison, and Elli; and a sister, Ellen Dillard of Richmond,VA. Funeral service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh on September 1 at 11 AM with reception. This will be followed by a graveside commitment service at the St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery in Emporia, VA at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Raleigh, and St John's Lutheran Church, Emporia, Va.