Lester L. Brandt
Dec. 23, 1926 – Sept. 12, 2020
Lester Leo Brandt was born on a farm in Nuckolls County near Nora, on Dec. 23, 1926, to William and Maggie (Peterson) Brandt, the third of five children, and passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend at the age of 93.
As a young boy, he was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church near Ruskin. Lester attended Riber District country school in Nuckolls County through the eighth grade and then worked on the family farm with his father until his marriage. Lester was denied the chance to serve his country during World War II, because he already had two older brothers who had been drafted, so he was requested to stay on the farm. On June 26, 1949, Lester was united in marriage to Verna E. Horst in Ruskin and to this union five sons, Richard, Roger, Kenneth, Keith and Norman were born. They moved to Jewell County in Kansas for three years and together they made their home farming near Hardy. In 1960, they moved to a farm in Saline County and remained there until moving into Friend at the Friendship Terrace. Over the years, Lester always helped with the neighborhood harvesting and in later years after semi-retiring from the farm, he worked on the Saline County bridge crew repairing area bridges. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cordova, the Lutheran Laymen’s League and served his church as an elder for six years. In his spare time, Lester enjoyed playing cards with neighbors and friends and loved hunting and fishing. In 2017, Lester and Verna were honored with the Long-Time Friend Residence Award at the annual 4th of July celebration.
Lester is survived by his wife of 71 years, Verna, Friend; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Janet Brandt, Lincoln, Roger and Dianne Brandt, Exeter, Kenneth and Diane “Dee” Brandt, Wheatland, Wyoming, Keith Brandt and Miriam Mazurak, both of Exeter, and Norman and Cindy Brandt, Friend; 18 grandchildren and spouses, Stacy Chalfont and Steve Uno, both of Bellevue, Washington, Shari (Nathan) Humphrey, Kansas City, Missouri, Shannon (Tom) Stuhr, Milligan, Jordyn Brandt, Lincoln, Trystan Brandt, Exeter, Peytan Brandt, Exeter, Sean (Tina) Brandt, Lees Summit, Missouri, Daniel (Kaylie) Brandt, Lakeside, Oregon, Micah Brandt and Matthew Futch, both of Wheatland, Wyoming, Nathaniel (Kaci) Brandt, Exeter, Morgan (Jarrett) Jensen, Friend, Dalton (Tonya) Brandt, Dorchester, Joshua (Stephanie) Brandt, Friend, Dylan (Brooke) Brandt, Waverly, Katie Brandt, Lincoln, Cameryn Brandt, Jaxson Brandt, Sadie Brandt, all of Friend; three step-grandchildren, Skyler Ratkovec, Wahoo, Jordyn Ratkovec, Lincoln, and Colten Ratkovec, Bruno; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandsons; a brother, Donald Brandt, Hebron; sisters, Fern Schoof, Deshler, and Marietta Free, Superior; sisters-in-law, Lana Horst, Edgar, Norma Walker, Winfield, Alabama, Lila Hunicutt, Haven, Kansas, Donna Genung, Deshler; many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dale Brandt; brothers-in-law, Vernon Schoof, Henry Free, Myron Schriever, Eugene Walker, Gary Hunnicutt, Donald Hofferber, Robert, Alfred and John Horst, Roger Dondlinger, Russell Genung; daughter-in-law, Lori Brandt; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Brandt, Evaline Hinz, Lillie Hofferber, and Vera Shriever.
Funeral service for Lester was Sept. 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Cordova, with interment in Zastrow Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for later designation. Condolences may be left for the family at https://www.lauberfh.com.