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Howard R. Brandt, 65

Sep 27, 2015

Howard Brandt

Minnesota Lake Howard Richard Brandt, age 65, of Minnesota Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at his home in Minnesota Lake surrounded by his family. Visitation was Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Military Honors Accorded by the Wells Color Guard were in front of the funeral home.

Howard “Howie” Brandt was born Aug. 17, 1950, the son of Eldo W. and Dorothy (Callahan) Brandt in Albert Lea. He graduated from WellsEaston High School in 1968. Howard married Deborah Eckhardt on Sept. 22, 1973 in Wells. He lived his life in the Wells and Minnesota Lake area. Howard was a member of the Minnesota National Guard. He was a farmer and worked for Wells Electrical Association. He retired from the Wells Public Utilities as a line foreman. Howard was a life member of Wells American Legion and was a supervisor on the MN Lake Township Board. He was a past president and member of the Maple Valley Classic Car Club, a member of the Wells Rifle and Pistol Club, and a snowmobile instructor. Howard collected Lionel trains, antique cars, old tractors, gas engines, and as his wife says, “Everything but dust!” Howard loved to fish, especially with his friends in Alaska.

Howard is survived by his wife, Deb, of Minnesota Lake; sons, Michael (Holly) Brandt, of Pillager, and Christopher (Tammy) Brandt, of Minnesota Lake; grandchildren Emme and Alex Brandt, of Pillager, Kelsey Roberts of Minnesota Lake, and Justin Roberts, of Wells; brother Paul (LeAnne) Brandt, of Stewartville; and sister-in-law Elaine Brandt of Rochester.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother David; sister Elaine; and sister-in-law Leann Brandt.

Please leave online condolences at brussheitner.com.