In Loving Memory…

Brendan Eisenmenger

Brendan Eisenmenger, age 37, died November 1, 2019. He was born in Sedalia, MO on April 18, 1982, to John and Susan Wehrle Eisenmenger. He was a 2001 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and went on to earn his B.S. in Education from Missouri State University in Springfield, his M.S. in Education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, and his Specialist in Administration from William Woods College in Fulton.

His entire professional career was spent in Sedalia. He set high goals for himself, and successfully attained them. Beginning in 2006, he taught science at the Sedalia Middle School and Smith-Cotton Junior High before becoming the Assistant Principal of the Sedalia Middle School. He was named principal of Heber Hunt Elementary School in 2014 and eventually returned to Sedalia Middle School as principal in 2018. Known as “Mr. E.” to his students, Brendan actively focused on the needs of students’ education and engagement and strived to provide a secure, structured learning environment for them. Brendan would go to great lengths to motivate his students and, when his students reached their goals, the results often found Mr. E taped to a wall, tossed in a pool, or sporting a new haircut. He enjoyed every aspect of education and wanted the best for each student he came in contact with. He was respected and admired by his staff and colleagues in the Sedalia 200 District.

Brendan was a devoted and beloved husband and father. On October 20, 2007, he was married to his high school sweetheart, Erica Furnell, of Sedalia. They became parents to three children—Beckett (age 10), Libby (age 7) and Cate (age 4.). His family was the love of his life. As a family, they loved traveling and their time spent together at home or their many activities. Brendan was a doting father and loved being a part of every activity his children were involved with. He worked to be an example for each of them. A true family man, Brendan’s family and children were first and foremost in his heart and his every day actions were a testament to that love. 

He was also a devoted friend. He remained close to friends he had made in childhood, and developed many other close friendships along the way. His closest friends were his siblings and, together, they formed an inseparable bond. 

Although free time was sparse, Brendan enjoyed hobbies such as golf, fishing, and family getaways. He was also an avid sports fan.

Among many attributes, Brendan is most remembered for his kind heart, his positivity, personal motivation and his sense of humor. By those who knew him and worked with him closely, he was most well-known for his ability to plan, organize and his joyful love of life.  

Brendan was preceded in death by his grandparents Maxine and Everett Wehrle of Centerville, Iowa; grandparents Joseph and Charlotte Eisenmenger of Cherokee, Iowa; his aunt and uncle, Michele and Don Moehring of Claremont, California and mother-in-law Lynne Furnell of Laurie, Missouri. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his mother Susan Sanders (Harv) of Sedalia, his father John Eisenmenger (Chris) of Greenwood, MO, his sister Molly Brickner (Josh) of Osage Beach, MO, his brother Spencer Eisenmenger (Sarah) of Parkville, MO; father-in-law David Furnell (Joyce) of Sedalia and sister-in-law Jordon (Scott) Robertson of Lake Ozark, Missouri. He is also survived by a large extended family of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Heckart Performing Arts Center at Smith-Cotton High School, Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 p.m. Following the service, the family will be receiving friends in the Smith-Cotton High School Library and Commons Area. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Heckart Funeral Home of Sedalia Missouri and in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Sedalia School Foundation, designated for the Brendan Eisenmenger Student Impact Fund. The fund will be used to directly impact and enrich the individual and collective lives of Sedalia School District 200 students by identifying and funding specific needs and educational opportunities to nurture continual student growth and success. 


  1. A great man and educator. So sorry.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, Erica and family. My heart breaks for you. Please lean on family and friends to get you through this. Thinking of you all.

  4. Jennifer & Bill True

    Susan and Family. We’re so sorry for this sadness and the heart aches. Our hearts are with you and we hope your dear memories and love for one another help to get you through to peace and comfort.

  5. Offering heartfelt prayers for Brendan’s family.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and staff members of Sedalia 200.

  7. Kevin and Sheri Webb

    Praying so much for you!!! ❤️

  8. Anita Ward-Street

    Mr.E. you was a great principal to me in my friends. You are going to be miss by all of us at Heber Hunt. Im praying for your family in friends Love Anita

  9. I am so sorry to hear this sad news.


    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family at this time.

  11. Oh my, Brendan’s family is in our prayers. My son, Cole, loved having him as a principal. Praise God he is home with his savior, but we are continually praying for the loss his family and students will feel.

  12. My prayers and condolences to the family. Erica, I am so sorry. You are in my prayers.

  13. I am soo sorry to hear of his passing. Praying for comfort for all of you.

  14. Such a sad loss for your family and Sedalia Schools. Thoughts and prayers

  15. Sorry for your loss!

  16. We are so deeply saddened by this news. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone that his life has touched. Erica and his children, Words cannot express and I can’t begin to try to understand. Just know we are thinking of you.
    Kate Schroeder
    William Carter

  17. You will be missed😢

  18. Glenita and John Knapp

    I remember when Brendan was born watching him grow up from afar. Always knew he was a good kid and then a man. There are no words for this sadness.💔

  19. Brennan,
    As a friend, classmate, and role model for my nieces and nephews. The news has been horrible to here miles away. I’m loss on words, but now you are free, prayers to the wife and siblings on this tragic loss

  20. Bruce and Stacey Morton

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. My condolences go out to his parents, wife, and children. He will truly be missed by many. My classmate and my daughters principal.

  22. Praying that your memories will bring you peace and comfort in the difficult days to come. I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young man.

  23. Chris & Kelly Ramey

    Sorry sorry for your loss. May god bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  24. Susan & family,
    So sorry to learn of Brendan’s passing. May God’s promise and love support you during this difficult time. He was one of the sweetest little guys in my first grade. I was always so proud of his accomplishments in sedalia School District. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏

  25. Dearest Erica, kids, and family. My heart hurts for each one of you, I know god will wrap his arms around your family and bundle you with his love. What a beautiful soul and impact he was. We all are working to go to heaven some sooner than we wish, but with faith we will all be as one again. love, Shelly Aggeler

  26. So very sorry to the family for your loss.

  27. Emilee Limanskiy (Burnett)

    Wishing peace to the family in this time of grief.. praying for you all.

  28. Susan, my heart is breaking for you and John. Praying for you and your family.

  29. Deepest sympathies to all of Brendan’s and Erica’s family. He was fantastic man who will be missed dearly.

  30. I watched Molly and Spencer the night Brendan was born so one might say, I knew him his whole life. Watching the Eisenmenger kids grow was a joy not forgotten. So it was great to reacquaint with him later as we both worked through the MU Fellowship Program. I watched in awe of his natural talent as a leader.
    God bless all friends and family as he leaves a void.
    Job well done, Brendan.

  31. Thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort for all.

  32. Becca la Strada

    My deepest condolences for your family. Praying for strength, comfort, and restoration during your time of need.

  33. So very sorry for your family’s loss. Keeping you in my prayers

  34. So sorry for your loss Susan sad family. You all are in our family’s prayers.

  35. Marcia and David Turner

    Dear Susan, Spencer, and Molly and families,
    Our hearts are broken for you. What a joy Brendan was to everyone. We share so many happy memories of the children growing up. Much love to you all.
    David and Marcia

  36. In high school I remember Brendan as being a kind person. What a tragic loss to our class, his community and especially his family.

  37. Christina Daves

    sorry for your loss

  38. It is great saddness that I extend my deepest condolences to all of his family and friends. It has been a great honor to work under “Mr. E”. He loved his students and his staff and did everything he could everyday to make our lives better and our school a fun and safe place for all. My prayers are with you all🙏🏻

  39. Michelle dowler (decker)

    Very sorry your loss. You all are my thoughts and prayers.

  40. Janet Fairchild Roberts

    Dear Erica and Family,
    I am so sorry about the loss of Brendan. Warm Love and Big Hugs Your way.
    Janet Fairchild Roberts
    Jesse Ray Roberts

  41. Evelyn A Marshall

    May God bless you and keep you, your family is in my prayers. I remember your high school graduation. I am Nicole’s (Everhart) grandmother.

  42. Jeanie & Ed Mosier

    Our deepest condolences, he was a wonderful person and friend. Prayers for the family.

  43. Brendan’s dad was my first Sedalia principal during my first few years of teaching. Years later, Brendan became my principal at SMS. He was a wonderful and caring leader. Many prayers are being sent to his family. This is heart breaking news.

  44. Lisa and Jim Shoemaker

    A young man Sedalia will long remember.

  45. My sympathy and condolences to Brendan’s family, close friends, and education associates. I knew him most as a beginning teacher and administrator. I was always impressed by his soft approach, but strong convictions. He was a rising star in education and administration. Brendan’s passing leaves a deep void in many lives. God bless his soul and may he now rest in peace.

  46. The Eisenmenger family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all!

  47. Susan, Prayers for you and Brendan’s family

  48. I am so sorry for your lose God bless your family and friends through this time of need God bless you all

  49. Margaret Borchers

    To all the family of Brendan Eisenmenger, his wife ,children, mother ,father, and siblings. My deepest sympathy to you in his passing. Brendan’s life impacted and enriched so many lives that we will continue to witness in the years to come.

  50. So very sorry for your loss, I work at the Middle School and really enjoyed his big smile and the wonderful interaction he had with all his students. He will be greatly missed by so many, may God give you peace to get through this time.

  51. Becki Richardson

    My heart goes out to all of you. There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss. I witnessed first hand what an amazing educator and administrator Brendan was. He touched the lives of the many youngsters . May God bless all of you.

  52. Just a kind and caring man. You will be greatly missed by your students. You made a great impact on many young children. So sorry for the loss of this wonderful man

  53. Lynn and Cathy Middleton

    So very sorry for your loss! Brendan will be missed by so many. May God be with all the family, such a wonderful man.

  54. Michelle Steger

    I want extend my condolences to all of his family. It was great honor to work with him while at SMS. He loved his students and staff , and was always a professional. My prayers are with you all.

  55. Emily Alexander (Tichenor)

    I had Mr E as my science teacher in 8th grade. Even after being out of high school for almost 7 years and college for almost 4, he’s still one of the best teachers I ever had. He was there for me when my mom passed away in 8th grade. He was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  56. Jessica Smethers and Cole Kreisel

    To Mr.E’s Family,
    I want you to know how much of an impact he left on my son Cole. When I asked Cole this year who his favorite teacher was, he always said Mr. E. I always found it quite impressive for the principal to be considered his favorite. That shows what a wonderful and caring man he was. When Cole struggled, Mr. E was there for him, giving him hugs and sharing with him how important his mother was to him too. It means the world to me that he cared that much for my child. Cole is heartbroken tonight, as I know the family is as well. We are praying for the comfort of God to help you at this time. Sending love and hugs and prayers. ❤️

  57. Grace and Chase Belnap

    We deeply express our admiration and sorrow for this wonderful man and his family. Our prayers and thoughts will be with them. He has definitely made the world a better place.

  58. Janice and Harry Hoover

    May God bless you and confort you and grant you peace. In Jesus Name Amen

  59. Stacey (Garlich) Ismail

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you.

  60. Mara Shapley-Talon

    Erica, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear sweetheart. May the Holy Ghost comfort you as you mourn, may the Saviour’s loving arms envelop you to give you the strength to carry on so that you can care for your precious little ones. May your faith give you hope for healing in the future. With much love our family will be praying for you and yours.

  61. Harold/Estella Frazier

    Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May God’s peace be with you all.

  62. Dave and Stacia Eversole

    Susan, Molly, Erica, Spencer

    Our hearts are broken for you all – the loss of Brendan is unimaginable. He impacted so many. What beautiful tributes are pouring in. As it is written (1 Corinthians 2:9) “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Brendan has now seen and heard. We are praying for each of you in the days and months to come.

  63. Praying for you and your family! Praying the Lord encamps His Angels all around you!

  64. Prayers and healing thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues.

  65. Rob and Lisa Lamb

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time.

  66. It was so fun watching Brendan grow up to become an awesome man, husband, father and educator! He always was so courteous and friendly when we would meet and you could not help but feel impacted by his presence. It’s hard to understand someone so young taken from this earth but what an impact he made during his short years. Sending love to all the family and hoping you find comfort in knowing He is resting with God. Job well done Brendan!

  67. It was so fun watching Brendan grow up to become an awesome man, husband, father and educator! He always was so courteous and friendly when we would meet and you could not help but feel impacted by his presence. It’s hard to understand someone so young taken from this earth but what an impact he made during his short years. Sending love to all the family and hoping you find comfort in knowing He is resting with God.

  68. Making every day count, touching lives, making a difference. Mr. E will be missed and fondly remembered.

  69. Carrie Reeser-McGee

    Erica and family, Aunt Susan, Spencer and Molly,
    My love and prayers are truly sent out to you. I wish I had known Brendan as an adult, what a wonderful man to have in your lives.

  70. Mel and Debbie Willard

    Susan and Family, the entire Willard family feels deep sorrow for each of you.

  71. Aunt JoAnn Eisenmenger Windholz and Larry Windholz,

    Our hearts ache with the lose of Brendan. We’ll continue to pray for all. Always remember “For in God’s plan are many things man cannot understand, but we must trust God’s judgment and be guided by His Hand.” God Bless

  72. Linda Oehrke Myers

    Brendan’s smile always brought light to a room. Peace and comfort for the family.

  73. So sorry to hear of Brendan’s passing. He was a fine young man. It was my honor to have had him as a student and later as an educator. The family will remain in my prayers.

  74. Wade and nancy dudley

    I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed greatly, remembered often, and loved forever. My heart and prayers are with you.

  75. Susan, Spencer and family. We are so sorry for your loss. The Mateja family is praying for you all.

  76. My condolences to the entire
    Eisenmenger family. Brendan will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

  77. Yuliya Julie Tsymbal

    Erika kids and the family. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you. May God wrap you around in His arms during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  78. Gailen & Susi Snyder

    Dear Susan,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Prayers and ((Hugs)) going up for you and your family.

  79. May God be with you and comfort you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.

  80. Erica and family: The Callis and Gaspard familys are so sorry for the loss of your Wonderful Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Educator. May God comfort you in this very difficult time.

  81. Alicia Thompson

    This growing list of condolences is a true testament to what an impact Brendan had on the lives of others, whether family, friends, colleagues, or students. May you find comfort in good memories and lean on others in the difficult days ahead.

  82. Holly (Cowan) Haynes

    So saddened to hear of this great loss. My prayers are with all of Brendan’s family.

  83. Priscilla Mccabe

    Susan I am so sorry for your loss. I will wrap you in love and hugs. What an adorable little boy Brendan was. I will always remember his smile. May God give you comfort and peace during this time. Priscilla

  84. Winnie & Tom Davis

    Brendan would have been in Middle School the year (1994) we moved from Sedalia. And now to hear stories & praises of him being the Principal at the Middle School, warms my heart. Such a fine young man! Our deepest sympathies to the Eisenmenger family.

  85. Lori (Hicks) Waddell

    Susan and family,
    I read Kristina (Hicks) Drukker fb post. My deepest sympathy.
    Prayers for your family.

  86. Beth and Dan Eckles

    We are so very, very sorry about Brendan…He, clearly, was an outstanding young man, who will be sorely missed. May your family find peace in his memory and legacy.

  87. So saddened to hear of such a great loss! Prayers and blessings of comfort for the Esienmenger family!

  88. Annette and Family

    To Eric, Susan, Josh and family,
    My deepest Sympathy and heartfelt condolences to you all. We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Brendan. As you grieve know that you are in our prayers and that we are remembering and honoring the memory of Brendan. Love you always

  89. Russell and Julie Childers

    Words cannot express how saddened our are hearts are by the loss of Brendan. Such a loving husband and father, we will miss his friendly smile, and seeing him play with the kids in the yard. Sending big hugs to Erika and children.

  90. John and Lauren Goalder

    We are so deeply sorry for the Eisenmenger Family, his students, his coworkers, and all of his friends. He was a genuine, caring person, that we were very fortunate to know. Our prayers are with your family during this heartbreaking time.

  91. Susan and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved son. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all in this community. May you find peace in all the happy memories you shared. Sincerely, Pamela Main ( I worked as a teacher aide at Heber Hunt for Miss Susan)

  92. Keri Vansell Dickman

    My heart goes out to all of Brendan’s family and friends. I am keeping you in my prayers and sending sincerest sympathies-

  93. What a tremendous loss of our beloved principal….
    His memory now will serve as a motivation for a lifetime.
    Many prayers for the Family!!!

  94. Brendan left an indelible mark on the lives he touched. He was a positive force for both students and staff and wanted the best for everyone. He had a vision and was focused on helping every student realize their potential and approached everything he did with smile. The positivity, zest for life and love of his family along with his amazing organizational skills were apparent to everyone that had the opportunity to get to know and love him. His legacy will live on in the lives he touched. With deepest condolences.

  95. He was a good principle. Prayers from Lindi F. And family.

  96. I’m so sorry for loss you and your family will be in my prayers.

  97. Susie Goldsmith

    Me E was the kindest man. He graduated with my daughter. He was the best principal I have ever had the privilege to work with. Heartfelt sympathy to all the family.

  98. We are so very sorry about Brendan. Prayers and hugs to all of his family.

  99. I am so sorry for their loss I was a student if him he was an amazing principal

  100. Muriel and Jerry Wood

    It’s hard to find words to express our sorrow for you. May God’s comfort and peace envelope your family and sweet memories sustain you. What a fine young man! Well done Brenden; what a legacy you leave.

  101. Natalie McClain

    I’m so sorry to hear this…I didn’t know Brendan in his adult life but only in his teens however the Eisenmenger family will always hold a special on my heart. Thinking of everyone during this time.

  102. Martha & Mary Reissen

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  103. Jody & Family Landon

    Our heartfelt condolences go to you and your family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly loveable and kind person.

  104. Cendy HarrellCarson

    I truly enjoyed getting to work with such a wonderful principal, man, and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Cendy Harrell-Carson (SRO), Retired SPD Commander

  105. Marti Trotter Ficke

    My heartfelt condolence for family. Susie and John my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  106. This is Kevin Jones the Porter from Mariposa it’s with heavy heart and deepest sincere condolences for you and your family on your loss Brendan was always kind to me very friendly caring and a kind hearted smile I will miss seeing him and always keep your family in my prayers

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