Richard E. Brantner
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Richard E. Brantner Eagle Age 76, passed away January 19, 2011, after a year-long battle with cancer. Dick retired from the Michigan State Police (MSP) in 1982. While with the MSP, he was on the pistol team and dive team and was also a pilot. He loved to golf, ran the Grand Ledge Airport for three years, was an avid news junkie, and fought and won the Toughman boxing event. Dick also loved football, bowling and shuffleboard. Anyone who knew him recognized his quick wit and sense of humor. He was a man with strong principles and values. Surviving are his loving wife of 33 years, Char; his mother, Sara Brantner; brother, Charles; sisters, Janette Cunningham and Jeniece (Ross) Stevens; daughters, Patti (Michael) Mack, Beth (Tommy) Adair, and Glenda Brantner; sons, Richard (Vickie) Brantner, Scott (Deena) Bunce, Chris Bunce and special friend, Natalie; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Dick may not be here with us, but he will always be in our hearts and memories. Memorial services pending in the spring.


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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 30, 2011.
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February 21, 2011
My grandpa was a great person to hang out with. We had special memories like going to Texas and playing chess,but he did a lot of things to help us. We shall remember my grandpa.
caleb bunce
February 15, 2011
1962 Dick's family at Thanksgiving
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February 15, 2011
1961 at Andy's birthday--Dick is holding the cake
Richard Brantner
February 14, 2011
2006 Dick and son Rick at the Brantner Reunion
Richard Brantner
February 14, 2011
1959 Dick while camping and diving at Higgins Lake
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February 14, 2011
1947 Gale and Dick at the Hoskins reunion
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February 14, 2011
1942-43 Dick in his football helmet
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February 14, 2011
1930's- Charles, Jeanette, Gale and Dick
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February 10, 2011
Dec. 26th, 1975--Charles and Jeanne's 25th Aniv. Surprise Party. L to R--Gale, Dick and Charles.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
Possibly 2000--Dick and Char Brantner.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1995 in June--The Brantner boys and their wives. Dick is on the right.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1994 Dick and Char Brantner.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1986 Brantner boys at Lime Lake. Dick on the left.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1984 in April. The Brantner family after his dad's funeral. Dick is on the upper right.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1977 in April. The Brantner family. Dick on the lower left.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
1962--The Brantner family at Thanksgiving. Dick is at lower left.
Richard Brantner
February 10, 2011
Dick is center on the right
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February 8, 2011
My Grandpa Kissing me on my Cheek at My 18th Birthday Party in November
JJ Brantner
February 8, 2011
Grandpa and I at My 18th Birthday Party :D The Last Picture I got With him :(
JJ Brantner
February 8, 2011
My dad, WOW, what a man. He will live on through me. Because, I am a spitting image of him in a female version. I thank God for this. Being like my dad, has made me a survivor. My dad is someone I thought would live forever. He was such a great athlete. And was STILL in great shape. Untill, that day when he was working in the yard (as he done offten and done well) he was having a hard time breathing. That was when we found out that that cancer monster had invaded his abdomen. I knew then that my dad's days were numbered and he WASN'T going to live forever. My heart hurt(s) so bad. Being the amazing fighter he was. Dad gave that cancer monster a run for his money. Who goes through two rounds of chemo and still has a thick head of hair?? My dad(Dick Brantner) does/did!!! The chemo even gave him a little wave to his hair. : ) Dad lost his appetite more-so than his hair. With that in mind, it leads me to my next thought. The last time I saw dad it was November 2010. We celebrated Jalenda's ("J.J.") 18th birthday. We also had a Thanksgiving meal together. Dad's appetite was big. It was as though he had never been sick. Yipeee! I can see him standing at an island in Patti's(my sister) kitchen, as we joked around (which we ALWAYS did), dad was digging at and cleaning every morsel of meat he could get off the bones of the turkey that was going in the trash. At that moment I felt my heart smile thinking...(as dad stood next to me with his greasy fingers craming in every tiny piece of meat he could get off thoes bones)...he is going to beat this. : ) We had a wonderful visit and I couldn't wait to see him again. As tears roll down my cheecks...that day will never again come. I love you dad!!! I want to thank my sister(Patti) again for being there with dad on his final days. I couldn't be there physically. However, through her and her cell phone, I was able to talk to dad several times as she held the phone to his ear. Through the phone, I was able to be with him untill the end. Sweet dreams dad, I miss and love you so much!
Glenda Brantner
February 5, 2011
What a smile! This was taken at Deb's house in the early 1980's.
Dear family, you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. It's so sad for us when we lose a loved one, but we have faith that they are in the arms of our loving savior and now they have no more pain or sorrow. It's our loss but Heaven's gain. We will some day be together again. I can just picture Grandpa with his arms around his boys! Like Dan, I too was impressed with the walls of trophies, and the handsome man who earned them, he had such a wonderful smile and a laugh to go along with it. I remember going for a ride with him one time while we were visiting in Jackson many years ago. He was driving and turned down a one-way street, going the wrong way. A man yelled at him telling him this is a one way street...he grinned and said, "I'm only going one way!" I also remember when we started having the Brantner Family Reunions...he was so excited to bring his crew! He was always happy to start playing a game of softball. A few years ago when the reunion was in Michigan we watched a picture slide show of the Brantner Family History. Uncle Dick was surprised when we got to the pictures of the "Brantner Boys" diving project from 1958. He excitedly told us picture by picture what had been going on as he and his two brothers, Charles and Gale brought up an old model-T from the floor of Higgins Lake. Yes, we miss him already, but his memory lives on! I love you and I'll always remember you dearly Uncle Dick! We send our love and hugs to all the family, Deb & Bruce
Deb & Bruce Haines
February 5, 2011
Uncle Dick was my Idol as a boy. When we visited in Jackson Michigan I would always be drawn to the trophy room, he had so many. He got me out of a lot of traffic stops just by asking the officer if they knew him. They would all reply when I asked " You mean PUNCHY. " He may be gone from this earth but he will be forever in our hearts.
Daniel Lee Cunningham
February 4, 2011
My grandpa was always a big part of my life and he mean't the world to me. He thaught me how to play dominos which will always be something that I will know how to play now thanks to him. I also will never forget the nickname that was dubbed to me when I was little because I was always being a rascal and when it was given to me I was little so I was his "Little Rascal" I will never forget the little things he did that made me love him even more...like how when he ate his Rasin Nut Bran he always would put Grape Nuts on them as well....and how he hated when people slurpped their milk when they ate cereal trust me I would know, I got in trouble alot for it. But that is what made me love him to pieces. He taught me how to operate a riding lawn mower, which was fun mowing his yard. :) My grandpa has literally been apart of my life since I was little he never missed a birthday. My grandpa was with me through alot of my firsts...he was with me when I built my first snowman, he stuck my first lemon in my mouth and ever since then I love eating lemons. Like I said he has always been a big part of my life. I remember he taught me how to eat a grapefruit properly, and how to play shuffleboard. they said that at my first birthday he was having a fit about me having the frosting all over me :) I'll never forget the first time I played golf with him he would always get mad when he lost his ball in the water lol. :) He was always got frustrated when things in a game wasn't going his way. But all those little things made him who he was and the fighter that he passed with. I will NEVER forget him, it's hard knowing that he isn't coming back but I know that I have an angel watching over me. I made a promsie to him when I talked to him last that I will make him proud and that I will always be his little Rascal. Like my aunt patti said he always had a joke to tell, even when he was living his lasts day he found strength to make someone else smile. Having a grandpa like him growing up was the best he taught me so many things and keep me in line. I will miss him very much but I know he is in a better place. Thank You Grandpa for being the best ever :)
JJ Brantner
February 4, 2011
My Dad will be the best Dad EVER,FOREVR!!! I will dearly miss him. He gave everything he had till the end even a few jokes and the thumbs up. With every phone call he heard from his children,grandchildrenand loved ones as we held the phone to his ear he fought to say I LOVE YOU.. That was the fighter in him. As his last breath was taken I told him to enjoy his flight as he loved flying. I will hold on to all the memories we made together. As Char, Scott, Chris and my self stood at his bed side we talked about all the little silly things he did,all the friends he had,and all the things he wanted to do. He will be missed. I want to take this time to thank everyone for befriending and loving him. Please keep sharing your memeriors with us till we come together in the spring for his Memorial Service. I am looking forward to seeing you all again, all his (MSP) bodies,shooting buds,friends and love ones. Alittle something to know about him, His mother Sarah (Hoskins)Brantner is still living. She is100 years old. Char thank you for loving Dad for 33 years, also you are the greatest Stepmom I could ever have. YOUR the BEST !!! Together you two were the Best!!!! Your daughter, Patti
Patti Mack
February 3, 2011
Dear Char and all family members,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you are thought of in your grief. Dick was such a fine gentleman and will always be remembered kindly.

Judy (Peterson) Powers
February 3, 2011
What a fisherman and the best 'Welcome" hugger ever. Dick was such a hard worker, fun and friendly. We will miss him so much. Don and Nancy
February 3, 2011
I will alway remember Dick as my younger brother, I watch him as I could in his school sports,his police work and his love for flying and he had one goal to never give up. He will be greatly missed.
February 2, 2011
Char and the rest of the family.

It's hard for us to find the words that might bring you comfort at this time of loss but perhaps knowing that we are thinking of yo with sympathy and understanding will somehow help to give you strenfth at this difficult time.
Don and Joyce Bell
February 2, 2011
The Brantner Family,

We are all deeply saddened to hear about Richards passing.

We know how difficult this must be for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Our Deepest Sympathy,

Your Friends at MSP Aviation
Patrick Lawrence
January 31, 2011
Dick was a wonderful man,dad,grandpa, husband and to me the best father in law. He will be greatly missed !!!
Deena Bunce
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