Richard Edward Brandt

  • Born: September 23, 1931
  • Died: February 16, 2020
  • Location: Wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard Edward (Dick) Brandt, age 88, of Wells, MN, died Sunday, February 16, 2020 at United Hospital District in Blue Earth, MN. A funeral service will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells at 3:00 PM, with Pr. Meg Sander officiating. Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery in Wells with Military Honors accorded by the Wells Color Guard.
Dick was born September 23, 1931, in Clark Township, Faribault County, MN, the son of William F. and Maleta S. (Passer) Brandt. He lived on the "home place" his entire life, a century farm since 1988, with the exception of his 4 years in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Dick married LaDonna Biesterfeld in 1956 and the couple later divorced.
Dick was a farmer, Del Monte's night boilerman, worked winters at Queen's and a truck driver. After retirement, he worked for the local farmers during the fall and also operated Clark Township's road grader for many years. He liked bowling, dancing to old time music, fishing, hunting, furniture refinishing, mowing lawn and sitting under a shade tree on a warm summer day.
He was a former member of Clark Township Board, NFO member, Wells Sportman's Club and American Legion member. He was a current Wells VFW member.
He is survived by daughter Tracy Brandt (Alan Korman) of Wells, son Wayne (Verlie) Brandt of Washington, and long-time companion Lucy Schroeder of Wells. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Linda Johnson-Dulas of Mankato, MN, and Lowell (Karri) Johnson of Aitkin, MN; 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Raymond in infancy, his sister Dorthy and son Darren William in infancy.
Dick leaves behind a large bunch of friends and acquaintances. He also left a lot of memories, jokes and one-liners!


Condolence & Memory Journal

Tracy, Wayne, Lowell and Linda

Unfortunately I will be out of town on Friday and not able to attend the events. Just wanted to send my families condolences with Richard's passing.
Also on behave of the original deer hunters from Wells (Tom and Al Schulenberg, Brad and Mike Niebuhr) we look back and fondly remember all of the hunters that have been in camp over the many years of its existence. We have made a placard for the cabin saying WELLS BOYZ which most of the locals up there refer to this landmark as.

Sincerely Brad Niebuhr (Babbit)

Posted by Brad Niebuhr - Albert Lea, MN - Family Friend   February 19, 2020

For some reason Richard had mercy on me when I held my buttered piece of bread too close to him and he didn't flip it on the floor. He informed me later after I had finished eating that the temptation was quite great. He had a wonderful low soothing voice which is one of my strongest draws to his son Wayne who has the same attribute.

Posted by Verlie Brandt    February 19, 2020