Percy M. Brandt, Aug. 15, 1916 - Feb. 12, 2008
Aug. 15, 1916 - Feb. 12, 2008
REDWOOD FALLS -- Percy M. Brandt, 91, of Redwood Falls died Tuesday at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Burial will be in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service in Redwood Falls and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to Redwood Area Library Foundation, hospice, or Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center.
He was born Aug. 15, 1916, in North Redwood to Charles and Ruby (Boehm) Brandt. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1935.
He worked as a laborer at North Redwood Farmers Elevator Company until May 1940. He was manager of the grain and feed department of the Truman Farmers Elevator Company from 1940 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1947.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He was assigned to Regimental Headquarters 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Division. He served in the Attu, Philippines, and Okinawa campaigns. He earned the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with three battle stars and a Bronze Star. He was also awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He married Mildred Alvig on Feb. 16, 1946, in Willmar. The couple moved to Truman where they lived until relocating to North Redwood in 1947. They moved to Redwood Falls in 1955. He managed the North Redwood Farmers Elevator from 1947 until his retirement in 1982.
He served on the Redwood Falls Board of Education from 1964 until 1973 and was chairman of the executive committee of Citizens for a Better Educational System which recommended the building of Redwood Valley Middle School/High School. He had been a member of Antiquity Lodge 91 AF&AM since 1947 and served as master in 1960. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Melvin Daskam American Legion Post 38. He was a 32-year member of Redwood Falls Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow; he served as treasurer of the local Rotary Club from 1986 to 1999. He served as treasurer of the Redwood Falls Golf Club. He was a board member and treasurer of the Redwood Senior Citizens Association and served on the interim board of directors of Homestead Cooperative, which built a 30-unit housing complex for seniors in Redwood Falls.
He is survived by his children: Susan (and Richard) Nelson of rural Redwood Falls, Jeffrey (and Bernice) Brandt of Eagan, Janet (and Gregg Frankowski) Brandt of Red Wing, and Steven (and Catherine) Brandt of Redwood Falls; eight grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; his brother: Beryl Brandt of Redwood Falls; and sister: Velma (and Tom) Kingston of Anoka.
He was preceded in death by his wife in March 1982; a son: David, in infancy; and one brother in infancy.