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John Earl BRANDT

1935 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
John Earl BRANDT Obituary
Age 82, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2018 from small cell lung cancer. He spent his last days visiting with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. John was born in Belle Plaine, MN on October 24, 1935 to Albert and Emma (Hince) Brandt. He graduated from Oklee High School, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Bemidji State College, and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from St. Thomas University. John's parents, brothers: Gene and Robert and sisters: Roslyn Sorenson and Beth Skallet preceded him in death. Survived by wife of 37 years, Janet Magnuson, children (with first wife, Audrey): Jay (Pam), Jeff (Marilyn), Jerri Jo (Tom) McGregor, Joe (Connie), and Jana (Jeff) Santer and Janet's children: Linda Kozak, Greg (Alice), David, and Karen (Brian) Gallmeir. Also survived by his 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and siblings Judy Fournier, Bill (Nancy), and Richard. After proudly serving in the Army, John taught biology in Swanville, MN, for7 years and was with the St. Paul School District for 29 years where he taught 8 years at Mechanic Arts High School and served for 21 years in Central Administration. He loved golfing in the summer and winter, fishing in the spring and fall, and traveling whenever and wherever he could. For the past 14 years, John enjoyed wintering in Arizona where he had many golfing buddies, MN snowbird friends, and fellow woodshop enthusiasts. Each spring, John and several of his Minnesota friends (known as "The Dock Boys"), would help one another and anyone else who needed help putting their docks in the lake. A Celebration of John's Life is being planned. John will be interred at Fort Snelling Cemetery in a private ceremony. www.whitefuneralhomes.com
Published in Pioneer Press from June 12 to June 17, 2018
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