Gerald Scott Brewer, 55, Creekside, PA, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, after losing a nine-year battle with cancer and subsequent neurological issues.
The son of Ronald Eugene and Joyce (Potts) Brewer, he was born March 29, 1967, in Creekside, PA.
Upon graduation from Marion Center High School in 1985 and a short stint at Penn State University, he joined the United States Air Force. During his enlistment, he served in Florida, Korea, Utah, and Kuwait before separating and returning to Western Pennsylvania in 1999.
He was employed by Giant Eagle Headquarters in Pittsburgh as an IT manager for 22 years, until the return of cancer and the complications that led to disability and death. Gerald was also a member of the Masonic Indiana Franklin Lodge 313. He was also active in the Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and assisting with the music program. In mid-life, he had taught himself to play guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass. During the Covid lockdown, he recorded many songs that he shared with local congregations. His music will be cherished by family and friends.
Surviving is his loving wife Glenda (Risinger) Brewer, whom he married on June 25, 1988; sons, Eric (Leanne) Brewer, Alex (Kendra Smith) and Ethan; sisters Lori Roush (Scott Rummel), Leanne (Jamie) Smolinski, and Ashley (James) Patterson; stepsiblings Katie (Mike) Rescenete and Adam Leczner (Alyssa Vermeulen); stepmothers Pam (Dennis) Flynn and Kathy Brewer; in-laws Russ and Eulene Risinger and Randy and Karen Risinger, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding Gerald in death were his parents.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home. An additional hour of viewing will be held Friday morning from 10 to 11 am with funeral service to immediately follow in the Lefdahl Chapel with Rev. Kathy Nice officiating.
Internment in the Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Shelocta Presbyterian Church, 182 S. Ridge Rd, Shelocta, PA. 15774, Bethel Presbyterian Church 1470 Bethel Church Rd, Indiana, PA 15701, or UPMC Cancer Research, 5889 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh Pa 15217.