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“Jim, was our cousin. He was a great guy, always a lot of fun at get togethers .He will always be remembered for his hearty laugh & great smile...He...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Chuck, Bruce, Brenda, Darcy & families Niebuhr - MN

“Played baseball with Jim many years ago in Wells and always liked him. Very easy going and a true team player. He was a super good pitcher. Threw...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: chuck clarke - kenyon, MN

“James you were very special in my life. You never worried about the little up sets in life. I hope you are a peace with the Lord. I know you were...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Marilyn Denn - MN - Family

“I met Jim in 2007, as a new Roadmaster Jim gave me a lot of advice over the years, then in 2014 he called me to say he was retiring & 2 months later...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Troy Shereck - Motley, MN

“Sorry for the loss Brandt Family! ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Todd Taylor - Minnesota Lake, MN

“I was a classmate of Jim and have many good memories or our school years together. My prayers and sympathies are with you all. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Marlys Schultz - Mankato, MN


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James David Brandt, age 68, of Mapleton, MN, died Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home in Mapleton, MN. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minnesota Lake Twp., Faribault Co., MN with Pastor Joy Bruder officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. A private interment will be at Union Cemetery, Mapleton, MN. Jim's home address: 56677 125th St. Mapleton, MN 56065. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.
James David Brandt was born January 9, 1951 in Wells, MN, the son of Eugene and Lois (Niebuhr) Brandt. He was united in marriage to Jeanette McDonald, February 1, 1969 in Mapleton, MN. James was a state and federal inspector for the Railroad/DOT for 47 years before retiring. Jim was the only track inspector in the state of Minnesota that walked 4500 miles of track by himself. In Morton, MN, there is the Brandt Engine House on the Prairie Line Track, honoring Jim Brandt and the 94.5 mile route he walked to check the railbed condition and mark areas that needed repair or replacement. On a railroad curve near Wayzeta, MN, is Brandt's Curve at Capones Island. James did his job well and was respected by many colleagues and elected officials. James was a true family man who loved his children and wanted them all to succeed. He taught them strong values and he enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to play baseball, even helped build a diamond in the back pasture. James loved spending time with his grandchildren, tinkering around his farm and showing off the wildlife. "He is our hero". James enjoyed playing cards with his family. His quiet humble wit, brilliant mind and photographic memory will be missed by all who knew him.
James is survived by his wife Jeanette Brandt of Mapleton, MN; children: Michelle (Gregg) Schwartz of Austin, MN, Tim (Michelle) Brandt of Mapleton, MN, James "Jimmy" Brandt, Jr., of Austin, MN; grandchildren: Samantha, Andrea (fiancé Nick), Taylar (wife Kylie), Autumn, Eli, Kyle, Collin, Ethan, Natalie, great-granddaughter, Esmai; mother-in-law Marie McDonald of Mapleton; brother-in-law Scott (Maureen) McDonald of Albert Lea, MN; special cousins Marge and Steve Schwichtenberg of Beauford, MN; brother; special cousins: The Thompson family as well as many other family, nieces, nephews and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents; son, Troy Brandt; and father-in-law Raymond McDonald.