He was born March 5, 1918 at Oberlin, KS to James Arthur and Anna (Gustafson) Brandt and was a bread salesman since the age of 6. A World War II Veteran, he earned a Good Conduct Medal, a Marksmanship pin and an expert Rifleman pin as well. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Superior, NE, enjoyed dancing at the VFW and was an avid bird watcher. He loved building bird houses and was very work oriented. John was a wonderful father and grandfather and loved to be creative and worked hard in his 1/4 acre garden in his early years. On January 31, 1942 he was married to Laverna Hageman at Oberlin, KS.
He is survived by his wife Laverna of 75 years, their children and their families; Son John W. (Kami) Brandt of Ogallala, NE and his children Suzie (Aaron) Dexter of Thornton, Co, Logan and Jacob Dexter. Daughter Jodi Deaver of Denver, CO and her children, Arianna, Elliana, and Alliyah, Chelsea and Regie.
Jonathan (Mimi) Brandt of Kearney, NE, his children Jonas Burton Brandt, August Emerson Brandt and Baby Girl Brandt expected soon. Daughter Joyce (David) Samson of York, NE and her children, Jay Nelson of Bradshaw, NE and his friend Deb Bray. Jill (Randy) Shaw of Crete, NE. Their children, Tyler (Katy) Shaw of Pleasant Dale, NE, Baby Girl in March 2017. Tristan Shaw and Taryn Shaw both of Crete. Jackie (Clay) Bittinger of Henderson, NE and their children Tori Bittinger and fiancé Kendall Gierhan of Utica, NE and Jordan & Ashley Bittinger of Lincoln, NE. Son Jim (Faith) Brandt of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also survived by his Brother’s-in-law Glenn (Jeanne) Hageman of Denver, CO and Wayne (Lois) Hageman of Torrington, WY. And a Sister-in-law Marylou Hartzog of Ogallala. Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and their families, along with their Texas and Nebraska friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers; Carl Brant, Morris (Virginia) Brant. His sisters Ruth (Don) Bridgmon and Marge (Curtis) Ely. Nephews Bradley Wayne Hartzog, James Clayton “Butch” Brant and Gary Hageman. Sister’s-in-law Aneta Hageman and Bernice (Jim) Turner and a Brother-in-law Ron Hartzog. His Mother and Father-in-law Arley Edgar Hageman and Florence Bradley Hageman.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Metz Chapel in York with the Reverend Mary Scott officiating. Burial will be in York’s Greenwood Cemetery. Family will greet friends one and half hours prior to the funeral service Thursday. Memorials may be sent to the family for later designation.