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Willard E. Brandt Sept. 22, 1919 - March 17, 2009

WILLMAR -- Willard Einar Brandt, 89, of Willmar died Tuesday at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at Lake Lillian Community Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Kandiyohi Township to Gerald and Amy (Peterson) Brandt. He grew up in Kandiyohi Township and attended District 61 school. He farmed with his father and brothers, and later worked in a Kerkhoven department store before he entered the Army in 1942 and was stationed in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He received an honorable discharge in 1943 and returned to the Willmar area. He worked in sales for Central Dairy, Holsum Bread and Farmers' Union Oil Company and was supervisor for Norling Silo Company where he retired in 1982.

He married Althea Coil on Jan. 29, 1944, in Olivia. They lived in the Willmar area. After he retired, they volunteered much of their time with the Senior Citizens' Club; AARP; Salvation Army; People on Watch and 55 Alive. He was a member of Willmar American Legion Post 167, Bethel Lutheran Church where he served as an usher, on church council, visited nursing home residents, assisted with Meals-On-Wheels, participated in Over 60s, and was involved with the summer day camp, which was a partnership between the churches and the Hispanic community.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Carol Jean Mork (and Hillary Freeman) of Minneapolis, Mary Lou (and Thomas) Kley of Moorhead, Joan Brandt of St. Paul; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings: Burton (and Loretta) Brandt of Willmar, Wallace (and Corinne) Brandt of Raymond and Alice Thompson of Annandale.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.