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Peter D. Brethouwer

October 26, 1944 - July 19, 2022


Peter D. Brethouwer

October 26, 1944 - July 19, 2022


Obituary For Peter D. Brethouwer

Madison – Peter D. Brethouwer, age 77, passed away on July 19, 2022, at the UW Hospital, Madison. He was born on October 26, 1944, in Bethesda, Maryland to parents Melvin and Dorothy (Washburn) Brethouwer-Dutton.

Peter graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD in 1962. After high school he attended Kalamazoo College where he obtained a bachelor's degree in economics. He served in the United States Army where he played clarinet in the U.S Army Band. Peter worked as a bank examiner for the FDIC for over 40 years. Peter married Lynn Blankenheim in 1972. Together they lived in Madison and were blessed with two children.

Peter is survived by his 2 sons, Greg Brethouwer of Westminster, CO and Brad (Becki) Brethouwer of DeForest, WI; 2 grandsons, Mason and Joe Brethouwer of DeForest, WI; his former wife, Lynn Brethouwer of Sun Prairie. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his stepfather Harold Dutton.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Windsor/DeForest Chapel
6924 Lake Road


5 Aug

Memorial Gathering

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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  • 08/03/2022

    Dear Lynn, I so enjoyed reconnecting with Pete and meeting you a few years ago. Pete was such a sweet guy and I well remember the lunch we had with other K grads a few years ago when you were out here in Colorado. Pete even helped me with a problem with our credit card processing company. He was kind and you're lucky to have married him. Pat Fitzharris Newman

  • 08/03/2022

    Brad, Becki and Family ~ We send our sympathies to you all and will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Toni, Matt and Ophelia Van Etta

  • 08/03/2022

    I worked with Pete for many years. Always enjoyed his company. Very sorry for the family's loss

  • 08/01/2022

    My husband and I shared many wonderful memories with Lynn and Pete. My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family. Chris Rudnicki

  • 08/01/2022

    Sorry to hear about you Dad. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Marilyn and Duane Thompson-Holman

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  • 07/31/2022

    Our deepest sympathies. Pete and I and a couple others shared an apartment in Madison early in our careers. We shared many laughs over the years. Our prayers are with you. Al & Jo Knoeck

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