Gene Brandt, 87, of Lebanon, Ill., born February 17, 1929 in Atlanta, Ill., died at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home in Lebanon.
Dr. Brandt had a 51 year career in education beginning in 1949 at McLean, Ill. From there he joined the Army and taught at the Artillery School in Fort Sill, Okla., Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, Ill., Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and 32 years at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill., as professor of Political Science. He lived his life to the fullest. He worked hard and was persistent in achieving his goals, obtaining a master's and doctorate degree from Illinois State.
Along with his wife Sumie, he took many cruises and trips to various parts of the world, enjoying life and having fun. He was an avid bicyclist in his 60s and 70s, embarking on several cross country tours. He wrote many books: a book of his memoirs for his children and grandchildren to read, a book of limericks, 17 travel photo books about their adventures around the world and a book documenting the stories of two cousins and a brother during World War II. He loved attending Atlanta, Illinois Memorial Day events and seeing old friends from his hometown. He also enjoyed being a regular participant of a weekly breakfast group of very dear colleagues and friends who meant a lot to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Murrell and Nellie, nee Bruner, Brandt and eight brothers and sisters.
Suriving are his loving wife, Sumie Fukuda; four children: Richard (Debra) Brandt of Alhambra, David (Chris) Brandt of Belleville, Robert Brandt of Peoria, and Bonnie (Doug) Malchow of Peoria; three grandchildren: Alexandra, Gage and Allie; one step-daughter, Ann (Brian) Pitts of Wentzville, Mo.; and one brother, Jack Brandt of Oceanside, Calif.
Services: A celebration of his life will be held on Oct, 29, please contact a family member if you would like to attend.
Internet guests may register online at www.KalmerMemorialServices.com.
KALMER MEMORIAL SERVICES, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 23, 2016