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Phil Brandt Phil Brandt, affectionately known as Bondo by his scale modeling friends, died peacefully on Saturday, November 3, 2012 while in Germany with his wife Cindy celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. Phil was born September 30, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA, the eldest of five children of Richard Simon and Vera Kost Brandt. As a teenager he built and raced hot rods with his brother and friends. He was in the first graduating class at North Allegheny High School, where he was the captain of the football team and the starting center. He attended Princeton University, where he was in the Class of 1960. In 1962 he married Patti Weise; to this union were born three sons. Phil served his country for 22 years as an Air Force officer, where he was a Weapons Officer in the F-4 Phantom and a Navigator in the C-124 (Old Shakey), the C-133A, and the F-111a, which flew at three times the speed of sound. Phil loved to go fast. After Patti's death in 1981, Phil was assigned to Bergstrom AFB in Austin, Texas. After retirement from the Air Force he worked at IBM for 11 years. In 1982 he met and married Cindy Dean, forming a stepfamily with five teenagers. In retirement he enjoyed tinkering with his Corvairs, Cadillacs, and Oldsmobiles; also he was a creative plastic modeler and participant in HyperScale, a worldwide community of scale modelers. Some of Phil's models are on display at Austin Bergstrom Airport. Phil loved having his grandchildren for visits, making pancakes for them, and telling them his stories. Neighbors remember his driving by in his "Pimpmobile" ('72 Cadillac convertible) waving and honking, always wearing his Steelers shirt and cap. He made friends wherever he lived and worked, and he kept them for life; he remembered people's names better than anyone else. Fifteen minutes before his death, he was laughing and talking with new friends at dinner. Phil would want us to remember him with joy for a life well lived. He is survived by his wife, Cindy; his sons, Todd and wife, Donna, Christopher, and Dana and wife, Carol; stepdaughters, Jennifer and Monica Dean; grandchildren, Anna, Gabriel, Abby, and Maddy Brandt and Forrest Dean; his brothers, Rich and wife, Kathy, Randy and wife Pam; and sisters, Bonnie and Cherie and husband, Peter Lejeune; his sister-in-law, Penny; and many nieces, nephews, and a host of old and new friends. A memorial service will be conducted at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 Hwy. 290 W. at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012 with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting www.woundedwarriorproject.org


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2012
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