COLONEL JAMES "Jack" BRANTNER
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February 19, 2014
Col. James A. "Jack" Brantner, USAF retired, 97, of N. Fort Myers, FL, departed this world for his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. He peacefully passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving and de-voted family.
He was born March 1, 1916, in Ashland, WI, son of James and Ida (Kinsman) Brantner. After growing up in Ashland, he attended The University of Alabama on an athletic scholarship where he was captain of the basketball team. He graduated from The U of A in 1939 and be-came a lifelong BAMA fan—"Roll Tide!"
After graduation, Col. Brantner coached the Greenville, Mississippi HS basketball team to their first state championship.
Col. Brantner married the love of his life, Kathleen R. Hart of Hart-ford, CT, on Feb. 27, 1940. He was a devoted husband and father to their eight children.
An Air Force veteran of more than 26 years, Col. Brantner served his nation proudly both overseas and held command and staff positions in almost all major Air Commands stateside. Most notably, he served two tours at Headquarters USAF in the Pentagon, was Base Commander at Homestead AFB during the Cuban missile crisis, and Base Commander at Plattsburgh Air Force Base, NY.
As his second career, Col. Brantner worked as Manager of the Univ. of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN. After retiring in 1974, attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion became an im-portant part of his daily activities. Dad also loved design challenges and applied his engineering knowl-edge and training in both professional and personal construction projects. He was always quick to help others in home design and additions.
For the past 35 years, Col. Brantner enjoyed splitting the year between his home in N. Fort Myers and a beloved lakeside home in Delta, WI.
He is survived by four daughters, Linda Redmond Brantner, Fort Myers, FL, Therese Aden Kilfoyle, Norcross, GA, Cea (Fred) Call, N. Fort Myers, FL, and Kathleen "Rosebud" Brantner, N. Fort Myers, FL; four sons, John (Karen) Brantner, Montgomery, AL, Steve Brantner, Fort Myers, FL, Jim Brant-ner, N. Fort Myers/Englewood, FL, and Bill (Sarah) Brantner, Lynchburg, TN; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathleen on June 15, 2001; his parents; and four sis-ters.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Fort Myers. At a later date, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, WI, followed by burial in the St. Agnes Cemetery.
The Brantner family would like to thank the compassionate team of Hope Hospice for all their love and support.
Published in The News-Press on Feb. 22, 2014