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Brayer Karl Amble

July 16, 2020 | 1 comment

Brayer Karl Amble, 82, of La Crosse passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. A celebration of life will be held when Covid-19 restrictions allow it. 

Brayer was born April 27th, 1938 in Waterloo, Iowa to Gilbert Karlton “G.K.” and Sally (Vergoth) Amble.

He married the love of his life, Vicki DiAnn Rutledge, February 21st, 1965, in Guttenberg, Iowa. 

He is survived by his wife, Vicki of French Island, Wisconsin; son Brant (Sue) of La Crescent, Minnesota. Daughters: Jennifer Amble, Jill (Doug) Curtis – both of French Island, Wisconsin, Sara (Greg) Anderson of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Grandchildren Ryan Amble, Jack and Sam Sherwood, Olivia and Austin (Alivia) Henkel, and Hunter and Hope Clancy. And great grand-daughter, Sophia Mae Henkel (the joy and love of his life). Brother-in-law, Larkin Rutledge and his wife Bernita Davis. Sister-in-law, Jean Amble. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers G.K Amble Jr and Bruce, in-laws Loren (Pie) and LaVerna Rutledge.

Brayer graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 until 1958 – working in the boiler room and then the signal core.

He earned graduate degrees from Winona State University and Saint Mary’s University.

He worked in education – teaching high school for one year and 5th grade 21 years. As a teacher he touched the lives of countless students with his unique passion for education. His classes learned chess and had a typewriter for student use. He had an ongoing relationship with the Allamakee County Home wherein his students had pen pals and would take field trips to entertain the residents with song and dance.   

He believed in public education and the teachers who dedicated their lives to serving students. He volunteered his time to advocate and negotiate on behalf of teachers benefits and salaries (NEA & ISEA). He was passionate about education and instilled his desire for higher learning onto his children.  

He worked for the County of La Crosse as a drug and alcohol counselor for 14 years – retiring 11-11-11. He played an integral part in Justice Sanctions an important program to assist adjudicated adults with drug and alcohol problems.

He also worked for Coulee Youth Centers as a drug and alcohol counselor. 

As a recovering alcoholic he sponsored numerous recovering addicts in their journey through recovery.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Brayer was an avid limerick writer.  You could always count on his handwritten limericks of love and laughter as a part of numerous celebrations. In return a beautiful limerick from his friend Jane Klekamp and his justice support co-workers.

There was once a man from Iowa

Who smiled whenever he saw Ya

He could be old school

But he was pretty cool

We hope he finds peace in the hereafta.

Brayer’s favorite saying. “It’s another beautiful day.” No truer words have been spoken.


1 Comment

  1. Richard Brewer

    I had the privilege of knowing Brayer from his early days in recovery through his last days of working in with those that he assisted in finding their own recovery.

    Brayer had to overcome a number of obstacles during his life but his optimism and willingness to push forward and complete his goals helped to determine his character. He was one of a kind.

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