John F. Brandenburg

John F. Brandenburg

After a long interesting life and thankfully short illness, John Brandenburg died Friday, October 12, 2012, at the age of 95. John was born November 6, 1916 in Denver Colorado. He had a wonderful childhood with most summers spent at the family cottage. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his mother, a botanist, learning about nature and sharing her love of fly-fishing. He also spent time finding, raising, training and flying his hawks – even a Golden Eagle.

On July 20, 1940, John and Marcia Randall were married. John insisted they wait until after his graduation from Colorado State College and Marcia insisted she not become the wife of a forest ranger. They compromised. She waited and he transferred to Entomology (class of 1939). After graduation, John entered the Public Health Service where he served through WWII working on malaria control in many locations.

Following the war, the family moved to Illinois where John worked for Standard Oil Company (now BP Amoco) for the rest of his career.

In 1955, John and Marcia bought a farm in Southern Wisconsin. Every member of the extended family was enriched by the many adventures shared at the farm. In 1972, John “retired” to full time farming.

After Marcia’s death (March 2, 1987), John retired from farming and spent the next years with two important ladies in his life, Laura Beran then Ardith Greene. Both ladies predeceased him.

John is survived by his children: John(Carol)Brandenburg II, Marcia(David)Butler and Susan Brandenburg.

His grandchildren: Aimee(Gregory)Hendrickson, John(Kim)Brandenburg III, Heidi(Jeffrey)Schroeder, Dawn(Will)Towler, George(Cynthia)Wilson and Anne(Michael)Crandall, and his great-grand children: Jade Brandenburg, Maya Hendrickson, Emily Hendrickson, Olivia Wilson, Jason Schroeder, Connor Wilson, Jon Crandall and Jessica Crandall

As he wished, John’s cremated remains will be taken to Colorado to rest with Marcia’s. No public services will be held. His family thanks everyone for the love and kindness shown him throughout his last years.