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Brandt, Kurt H.

Kurt H. Brandt, 77, of Ft Mohave, Arizona, formerly of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, died peacefully on Monday, October 28, 2013, with his wife Judy and Pastor Gene at his side. Kurt was born in Milwaukee on May 17, 1936, the son of Elizabeth and Herman K. Brandt. He married Judith Kaufmann on October 4, 1958, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.

After graduating from Oshkosh High School, Kurt attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and then, the university at Oshkosh. In 1959, Kurt was drafted and served until 1961 with a U.S. Army intelligence unit stationed in Aschaffenburg, Germany. It was there that he was joined by his wife, Judy, and their first child was born. Shortly after returning home, Kurt joined the Oshkosh Fire Department, serving as a firefighter from 1962-1995 and as Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Oshkosh from 1990 until retirement. Kurt was also a journeyman brick and stone mason, a trade he learned as a young man working beside his father. Many churches, businesses and homes in the Oshkosh area stand on Kurt's brick and mortar foundations, and many families convene around fireplaces built by him.

Active in numerous community and civic affairs, Kurt served for many years as a Winnebago County Board Supervisor (1974-1982), and as Chairman of the County Parks Committee (1976-1982). He was instrumental in expanding the parks and boat launch systems for Winnebago County, including the purchase and development of lands associated with Osh-O-Nee and Black Wolf boat landings, the Lake Butte des Morts boat landing between Oshkosh and Omro, county parks in Winneconne and Oshkosh, the Waukau Nature Park, the Larson Snowmobile Trail, and the Eureka Park and Recreational Area. In 1982, Kurt received the "Friend of Recreation Award" from the National Association of Counties, Parks and Recreation board. Kurt is Past President of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 315, and negotiated contracts and salaries for firefighters for many years. He is a Past Master Counselor of DeMolay Masonic Order as well as a former Elks member, serving as Exalted Ruler (1978-1979) and a member of the Board of Trustees.

Kurt had a love for the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed the time he spent with his family at their summer cottage on Sandy Lake near Neshkoro, Wisconsin. Kurt was also an avaricious reader and especially enjoyed reading about history, particularly Civil War and Native American Indian history. (He loved a good story.) After retirement, Kurt and Judy lived briefly in northern Wisconsin at Trapper's Lake near Cable, but were soon lured to the desert, mountains and Colorado River valley of Bullhead City/Ft Mohave, Arizona, where they made their permanent home. Kurt was a member of Mohave Valley United Methodist Church.

Kurt is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; daughter Nannette Macy, Green Bay; sons Kurt Brandt, Jr., Oshkosh; and Kenneth (Diane) Brandt, Grand Rapids, Michigan; grandchildren Ryan (Jamie) Brandt; Jessica (Eric) Johnson; Kyle Brandt; Benjamin Murphy; Austin and Jack Macy; and step-grandson Michael (Shauna) Biddick. Kurt was great-grandpa to Brant and Aubrey Johnson and Mason Brandt. He is further survived by sisters Gretchen de Baubigny, San Francisco and Barbara (Tom) Hughes, Oshkosh and step-sisters Marlene Gross, Milwaukee; and Marion Allman, Cleves, Ohio; as well as sister-in-law Judy Kaufmann, Delafield.

Kurt was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Herman K. Brandt, step-mother Anna, his in-laws Ray and Helen Kaufmann, and his brothers-in-law Darryl Kaufmann and Andre' de Baubigny.

A memorial service will take place at the Oshkosh Elks Lodge #292 on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow. All are invited to come celebrate Kurt's life among family and friends. A memorial has been established to benefit the Oshkosh Fire Department's Fire Safety Education Program.

Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Nov. 3, 2013
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