Louis Brinegar, 78, was born Aug. 7, 1926, at Sparta, N.C. He died July 19, 2005, at his home at Delray Beach, Fla.He enlisted in the U.S. Army at a young age and served during World War II. He obtained the rank of master sergeant with the 5th Engineer Battalion (combat). He was discharged after 20 years service and received the Good Conduct Medal with four Bronze Loops, American Defense Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal with the German Clasp and the National Defense Service Medal.While serving in the military, he met Friedel Kellner of Schwetzingen, Germany. They were married in 1954.After his retirement from the military service in 1966, he had a career with the Civil Service at Fort Leonard Wood.The Brinegars lived at Houston, where they raised their family. After Mr. Brinegar’s retirement in 1982, he continued to volunteer at the General Leonard Wood Army Hospital. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.In 2000, the Brinegars relocated to Delray Beach, Fla.Surviving are his wife; son, Allen Brinegar; two daughters, Dorothy Taylor and Iris Widiger; five grandchildren; six of eight sisters and two of three brothers.Memorial services were July 24 at the Kraeer Funeral Home at Boca Raton, Fla., with burial at the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla., 33407 or the Army Emergency Relief Fund, 200 Stovall St. Room 5-N-13, Alexandria, Va. 22332-0600. “

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