Michael “Brett” Harrel, aged 49, of Blue Springs, Missouri peacefully passed away on September 16th, 2022, at home with his family by his side.
Brett was born on July 30th, 1973, in Duncan, Oklahoma. He entered the United States Navy in 1993. He was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He traveled, went to war, and made some lifelong friends. He was honorably discharged in 1999. Brett was awarded Navy Good Conduct, National Defense Service medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service with Bronze Star, Humanitarian Service medal and the Kuwait Liberation medal.
He moved to Blue Springs and transitioned to civilian life. Brett obtained his B.S. in Business Administration in 2004. He worked for various companies throughout the years, Kansas City Southern Railroad for 13 years, and was currently working for Louis Dreyfus Company.
Brett had multiple passions in life. Coaching wrestling and baseball were highlights of his activity career. He was a perfectionist but loved to have fun. He never coached soccer but enjoyed the game, watching and playing. A close second to coaching is OU football. Of course, with any game comes grilling, hosting parties, and socializing. As time went on, he had more time to do water sports, fish, and boat.
Brett was predeceased by his father, Merle Harrel, in 2015. Brett learned his love of fishing and boating from his dad, and of course his “secret” fish fry methods.
Brett is survived by his mother, Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma; wife Shea of Blue Springs, Missouri; bother Chris (Amy) of Jenks, Oklahoma; sons Remy and Brogan; nieces and nephews, Caden, Isabella, and Abram.
Memorials can be made to the Harrel family, for them to donate to the charities of their choosing.