Brandl, Richard L. (Dick)
Richard L. (Dick) Brandl, 85, passed away July 28, 2014, in Prescott, AZ. He was born May 14, 1929, in Marshfield, WI and is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Jean Brandl, and children, Marsha Held of Albuquerque, NM and Kathy Renken and husband Larry of Prescott, as well as three brothers, Ronald, Robert and Roger and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Rita. Dick was very out-going and gregarious and would not hesitate to start up a conversation with strangers. He would not pass up an opportunity to engage someone in a conversation on an elevator. He was passionate about politics, golf, cooking, dancing and figuring out how to fix or install practically anything. He always had an on-going project and was also an expert at moving (physically doing most of the work himself) around the country from Wisconsin to Montana, Idaho, New York, Michigan, Nevada, Colorado and finally Arizona. He was an accomplished businessman and had a very successfully career starting and operating small businesses. As a young man, personal family issues forced him to start looking for work at age 12. He did whatever he could to support himself and his family and get through high school. On February 21, 1947, he married Jean Raabe and began work in a Coast-to-Coast hardware store, where he was credited with inventing the "rain check" for store promotions. He moved on to owning and operating his own propane/butane gas distributorship with Petrolane Gas Service, Inc. During this time he taught himself the sheet metal business and became expert at installing heating and a/c units. It wasn't long before Petrolane promoted him to a district manager position, and then to regional manager for several states. In 1971, he decided to make a major change in job and location and purchased a Merle Norman Cosmetic franchise in Denver, CO. He quickly grew this business with the help of his wife Jean and daughter Kathy and owned 7 stores before deciding to retire in 1992. Dick and Jean then moved to Sun City West, AZ, where they enjoyed many happy years of travel, golf, dining and dancing, as well as a summer home in Prescott. It was Dick's desire to donate his body to Science Care in Phoenix, AZ. If desired, please make memorial donations to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Published in the Marshfield News Herald from Aug. 19 to Aug. 23, 2014