Donald R. Brandt, 87, of Geneva passed away at 10:28 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Swiss Village in Berne. He was born on Monday, January 18, 1932 in Rockford, Ohio to Rufus Lewis and Tena Anna (Roberts) Brandt. He was married on Thursday, May 25, 1950 at the Mt. Carmel Church in Adams County to Levina Jane Nevil.
He attended Jefferson Twp. School in Adams County and South Adams High School. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a corporal and was wounded twice receiving two Purple Hearts and a Medal of Commendation. He worked at Central Soya in Decatur and retired from CTS in Berne, where he had been a machinist from 1965-1994. He was a member of the Tri State Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Berne American Legion, Color Guard, D.A.V. and was a charter member of the Geneva V.F.W. He was a member of the High Street United Methodist Church in Geneva and was head usher. He enjoyed riding his golf cart, playing cards, mowing the lawn and watching Ohio State football and basketball. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.
He is survived by his wife of Geneva; daughter, Deborah S. (Jerry) Double of Berne; two sons, Steven L. (Drea) Brandt of Portland; and Gary W. (Jenny) Brunner of Berne; brother, Charles (Joyce) Brandt of Sarasota, Florida; sister, Martha Pride of Scotts, Michigan; brother-in-law, Ronald “Gus” Beebe of Vicksburg, Michigan; three sisters-in-laws, Helen Myers of Monroe; Doris Kahlert of Berne; and Demarius Ruble of Pennville; six granddaughters, Donna (Stephen) Stout; Julie (Michael) Biberstine; and Leslie (Albert) Andrews, all of Berne; Jennifer (Andrew) Lipina of Knoxville, Tennessee; Erin Brandt Del Favero of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Stephanie (Jason) Trausch of Bluffton; and 12 great-grandchildren, Jared, Korinna, Derek, DJ, Wesley, Rachel, Kalle, Aliyah, Zane, Natalie, Isaac and Addi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joan Brandt; and nine brothers and sisters including Mary Beebe.
Visitation will be from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 6 and two hours prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Monday, October 7 at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home, 100 N. Washington St., Geneva. Officiating will be Pastor Michele Isch and Pastor Joe Lampton. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Geneva.
Graveside military rites will be conducted by the US Marine Corp., Geneva V.F.W. and the Berne American Legion.
Memorials may be made to High Street United Methodist Church, 425 High St., Geneva, IN 46740 or Family LifeCare veterans blanket program, 108 S. Jefferson St., Berne, IN. 46711.
Arrangements provided by Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.