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Henry E. Brandli

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Henry E. Brandli, 88, a resident of Fairhope, Ala., and Arlington, Vt., died May 2, 2006.

Bill, as he was better known, was born in Meridian, Miss., on Sept. 29, 1917.

He attended schools in Forest Hill, N.Y., Lake Placid, N.Y., Stephens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and Parks Air College, Ill. He had dual membership in the Federated Church of East Arlington, Vt., and Trinity Presbyterian Church of Fairhope.

His work took him to the Cities Service Oil Co., then to the Lion Co. in Arkansas. He was a self-employed petroleum products broker. He was also resident manager of the Henry Hudson Hotel in New York City; afterward he bought and ran the Coosa Valley Telephone Co. in Pell City, Ala., for over 25 years.

He served more than five years in the Armed Forces in the Pacific. In 1940, during the first peacetime draft, Bill was drafted into the Army as an enlisted man.

After Dec. 7, 1941, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served in the Pacific, serving part of the time as a member of Gen. MacArthur’s staff in Brisbane, Australia.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Zimmermann Hulet; his daughter, Jacquelyn (Douglas) Cummins of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Patrick (Dori) Joffe of Tulsa, Okla., and Tacy (Richard) Minor of Texas; three great-grandchildren; two stepchildren, Hal (Patricia) Zimmerman of Fairhope and Janice (Mark) Redelberger of Missouri; Rose Brandli, his sister-in-law, of Manchester, Vt.; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 9, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope. After the memorial service, the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall.

For those who wish, contributions in Bill’s name may be made to the Federated Church in East Arlington or the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Fairhope.

Arrangements are by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes and Crematory, 19698 Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 4, 2006
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