Burnell O. Brandeberry, 86, of Toledo, OH answered the Lord's call on January 25, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born to Chester O. and Hazel M. (Durbin) Brandeberry on July 3, 1926, in Hudson, MI. e attended schools in Waldron, MI, Huntington, IN, and Chesterfield Twp., OH, graduating from Chesterfield in 1945. Burnell received his Bachelors Degree in Education from Huntington College in 1950 and a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1959. He taught school in Dalton City, IL, Franklin Twp., OH, Fulton Co., OH, Chesterfield High School where he was also principal, and Washington Local Schools in Lucas Co., Ohio where he was an elementary school principal.
Burnell enlisted in the US Army Air Corp on June 29, 1944, at the age of 17 and became a tail gunner on a B-29 airplane in WWII. After receiving his discharge in September on 1946, he entered Huntington College. He was a trustee of what's now Huntington College University from 1972-1984. In 1978, he joined Gideons International. He was an active member of Harvest Lane United Baptist Church, Toledo for 38 years and has been a member of Westgate Chapel, Toledo for 16 years where he served as Deacon 6 years. Burnell was a member of the American Legion and of the Sons of the American Revolution. His hobbies included traveling in the airstream with the Wally Byam Caravan Club and also caring for his many citrus trees on his mobile home lot in San Juan, TX for 23 winters.
Burnell was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carrol (Carl) Keefer. He is survived by his loving, caring wife of 67 years, Ardith; daughters, Kathy (Harold) Thomas, and Karen Brandeberry (Anthony) McClain; sons, Gary, and Gene (Yvonne); grandchildren, Brian (Kimberly) Thomas, Brad (Sheila) Thomas, Sarah (Matthew) Hemker, Jacob, Grace, and Isaiah Brandeberry; step-grandson, Marc (Emily) McClain; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kevin, Katie and Joshua Thomas; Kayley, Hannah and Jared Thomas; and Jake, Nate and Kate Hemker, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the excellent care they provided.
Visitation will be Sunday, January 27, 2013, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Monday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.). Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Westgate Chapel, 2500 Wilford Dr. Toledo, OH 43615. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Waldron Cemetery, Waldron, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International, Westgate Chapel or Huntington University. Online condolences may be made at
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2013