Daniel Paul Bracker passed away on April 21st, 2020

Written by Brust Funeral Home on April 23rd, 2020









Daniel Paul Bracker passed away on April 21st, 2020. He was the beloved husband of Kimberlee, loving father of Matthew (Rachel) and Leah (Scott) and cherished grandfather of Caitlin.

All Services are private.

Daniel was born January 8th, 1955 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Herbert and Maria (Zettig) Bracker. After spending many of his formative years moving around the globe, the Army brat grew up to enlist in the Armed Forces at the age of 19, spending the next 19 years of his life traveling the world in the service of his country. Two of his favorite posts were Italy, where he was able to spend time with his Italian family, and Germany where he once conducted the band standing on top of a table at Oktoberfest. His family has heard many of the non-classified stories of his tours of duty,  but are certain the classified ones would have been truly epic.

The distinguished Dan began his family with Kimberlee in 1993 becoming a first-time father at 38 years old. He took to it like one of the ducks he liked to hunt would take to water. As a dedicated father, some of his major accomplishments included the assembly of a desk chair for his daughter, the construction of an indoor trampoline for his son on Christmas Eve, many life lessons passed along as well as a lifetime of inspiration.  As a beloved grandfather, he cuddled, carried, fed and even changed a few baby diapers. A loving husband, he spent many years of happiness with his hippie wife and his long-haired son who grew up to join the Air Force, resulting in a lot of Army vs. Air Force banter in the house.

Dan was an extrovert who never met a stranger in his life. Whether it was a friend he served with, a friend he met through the Veterans of Foreign War, a friend he attended protests with, a friend he met while working at Hines V.A. Hospital, a friend he met while campaigning for Donald Trump or even a friend he met at a restaurant, he was a friend for life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hines V.A. Fisher House in memory of Daniel. Donations can be made through hines.va.gov through the Donate link (please be sure to select Edward Hines Jr. VA hospital and choose the Fisher House as the Program for Donation).

Arrangements were made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard. For more information 888-629-0094.


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Rich Wagner says:

    Dan, I am sorry to hear of your passing. I remember all those good times we had in Berlin. You fought one hell of a battle. I pray you can now rest in peace.

  2. Shari Brock says:

    RIP my friend
    Never to be forgotten. An inspiration to many.

  3. Stuart Trainor says:

    I am sending my thoughts for Daniel and his whole family from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
    I never met Daniel, however we were on the same team in an online gaming competition and he was a true gentleman.
    I served in the British army for 19 years and spent many happy years in the 1980/90s working with American forces around the world including Germany. I was unaware of Daniel’s history until now, so his face will always be in my mind when I recall my fond memories of my time in my youth.
    God bless from the UK.

  4. Melody Swearingen says:

    Kim, Matt, Leah, and the rest of the family,
    Our deepest condolences to you in the loss of your husband, dad, and friend. I’m so glad I got to meet him when he and Kim came to “S’mores and Miore” at my sister’s church in Geneva. We were Facebook friends before that as avid Donald Trump supporters and I just know he’s rooting him on from Heaven! Please know that each of you are in our prayers!!!!

  5. Tim Sizzemore says:

    I am sorry to read this. I enjoyed working for and with Dan while in Berlin. He will certainly be missed.

  6. Rodney Fetterman says:

    Goodbye old friend!

  7. Gail Adkins says:

    I met Dan in January of 2004 when he petitioned my Masonic Lodge in Wheeling. He had already been a Mason for 14 years (same as me). He was originally a member of a military Lodge and decided to join a local Lodge (close to his work). He always treated everyone with respect. Dan fit right in with the members of Lodge and will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Lodge, and myself, we offer our condolences to his family. Although taken too soon, he is no longer suffering from the pain.

  8. Nick Peric says:

    RIP Dan Great Trump supporter!!!

  9. Roger & Merle Kemps says:

    Friends of his parents, going back almost 60 years, we have fond memories of Dan as a youngster. We are saddened by his passing and send our sincerest condolences to all of his immediate and extended family.


    We knew him as a great American Patriot with a strong voice. He helped whenever he sensed a need. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Laurent Mazzapicchi says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Danny’s passing. I’m a relative from his mother’s Maria side, living in Belgium and met him once or twice when I was younger. I have very nice memories of him though. He’ll be missed. Your Belgian cousin, Laurent.

  12. Mike says:

    I was absolutely shocked to hear of Mr. Bracker’s passing today. He was a great guy, always with a friendly hello, and always willing and ready to help. I used to see him in the chow hall (that’s mess hall, for you Army people) at Hines VA Hospital almost every day and we’d frequently chew the fat. When it came to business though, he was all business and he got things done. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this most difficult time. Rest in peace, Mr. Bracker. You will be sorely missed.

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