A 54-year-old Wauwatosa native died April 22 while competing in a triathlon near his home in The Woodlands, Texas.
Glen Bruemmer was near the finish of the 2.4-mile swimming leg of the race when competitors and spectators noticed something was not right and called out to race monitors. The cause of his death is currently inconclusive.
The third of seven children, Bruemmer graduated from Wauwatosa East in 1981 and attended UW-Stevens Point before getting a degree in business administration from UW-Eau Claire. His brother Gary Bruemmer said Glen was always goal driven and so it was a natural thing for him to begin competing in marathons around the age of 40.
"After he accomplished some of his goals in running marathons he started doing triathlons about 10 years ago when he needed the next challenge," Gary Bruemmer said.
Glen's career in sales took him to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and eventually he moved to Texas where he worked for Heart Ware International in the Medtronic division helping doctors and patients alleviate heart conditions.
Bruemmer is survived by his wife of 31 years Patty, his two sons Matt and Kevin, his six siblings and his parents Robert and Mary.
An obituary written by the family said that Bruemmer was always joking around and was obsessed with the Fonz from the '70s TV show "Happy Days." The family-written story of Glen's life also said he went to great lengths to be a loving brother and always took care of his siblings.
Bruemmer competed in more than 35 competitive races over the last 15 years, including many marathons. His family said he would want everyone to know that his best time was 3:10:16 in the 2006 Houston Marathon.
"He was my older brother and I always looked up to him," Gary Bruemmer said. "I went to school in Eau Claire and majored in marketing because of him."
A service for Bruemmer will be held Thursday, April 27 in The Woodlands, Texas. The family asks that instead of flowers donations can be made to Glen's two favorite charities The HeartGift Foundation and The Children's Tumor Foundation.