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Vyrn Roger Brandt

January 26, 1932 January 5, 2017
Vyrn Roger Brandt
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Vyrn Roger Brandt, age 84, was born to Henry and Mary Brandt on January 26, 1932 in Alpha, MN. He was the youngest of seven children. He was born and raised on the farm in Alpha, which was recently recognized by Jackson County as a Century Family Farm. Vyrn went to school in a one-room school house in District 20 Enterprise Township through the 8th grade at which point he was needed on the farm; he then completed his GED while in the service.
On February 4, 1952 Vyrn was united in marriage to Agnes Lutterman of rural Sherburn, MN. The religious ceremony took place at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Sherburn, MN at which Fr. George Foffel officiated.
This began Vyrn’s legacy as a loving and faithful husband and father. The first of their 10 children was born in 1952. Then he began his service in the Army in 1953 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, from which he was honorably discharged in 1955. Meanwhile, life at home remained active as the 2nd of their children was born in 1954 while he was serving in Germany. Upon his return, Vyrn and Agnes farmed in Alpha from 1955 to 1963, where their next 6 children were born. Then came a move to Reading where they had 2 more children, completing their family in 1969. Vyrn worked on the Reading farm from 1963 to 1971 and was also employed as Assistant Manager at Payless Cashway Lumber in Worthington, which later became UBC. In 1971, he and Agnes and family moved from the Reading farm into Worthington. Vyrn continued working at UBC until his retirement in 1995.
Vyrn and Agnes loved traveling, so in January of 1995 they started traveling south for the winter and started full-time RV-ing in 1999, traveling the US for 10 years before settling down at Homestead in Worthington in 2009. While living in the Worthington area, he volunteered at blood drives, Pioneer Village, St. Mary’s for money count and adoration, and also as a driver for those in need. He was also a member of the Lions Club, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus where he was Grand Knight from 1980 to 1981 and District Deputy from 1984 to 1988. He was also on the Board at Homestead.
Vyrn passed away on January 5, 2017 at the Sanford Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
He will be forever remembered by his 9 children: Maureen (Robert) Bell, Jasper; Jeanne (Mark) Tauer, Sleepy Eye; Margaret (Dennis) Hitzemann, Onamia; Kenneth Brandt, Maple Grove; Gregory (Teri) Brandt, Springfield, IL; Paul (Laura) Brandt, Naperville, IL; James Brandt, Minnetonka; Julie Chapman, Fulda; and Laura (Ben) Brandt-Arriola, Deephaven; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Sister Vera Brack, Lakeville; sister-in-law Carol (Eldred "Bud") Brandt, Trimont; brother-in-law Norman (Eunice) Shorts, Mountain Home, ID; in-laws Anna Mae Ambrose, Agnes’ twin sister Alice Sokoloski, Irene Lutterman and Ruth Lutterman, all of Sherburn; Bernard Lutterman, Alpha; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Vyrn was preceded in death by his wife Agnes; their infant daughter Marilyn Ann; his parents Henry and Mary (Hartjen) Brandt; his brothers Hilbert Brandt and Eldred "Bud" Brandt; sisters Evelyn Casey, Eunice Shorts, and Merva Carlson; brothers-in-law Paul (Evelyn) Casey, LaVerle (Vera) Brack, Robert (Merva) Carlson; sisters-in-law Norma (Hilbert) Brandt, Shirley (Eldred "Bud") Brandt; in-laws Lloyd "Shorty" and Charlotte "Lottie" Lutterman; Robert (Irene) Lutterman; Delbert "Dub" and Alexandria "Lexie" Lutterman; Claire and Marianne Lutterman; Vernon and Charlotte Lutterman; Glen "Bud" (Anna Mae) Ambrose; Ann (Bernard) Lutterman; Leon (Ruth) Lutterman; Richard "Dick" (Alice) Sokoloski.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, MN, with Father Jim Callahan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Worthington, MN. Vyrn’s grandsons will be serving as casket bearers; Steven Tauer, Joseph Brandt, Patrick Brandt, David Brandt, Michael Brandt, Jack Brandt and Kenny Deuschle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Feed the Children.

The family would like to thank everyone for your prayers and thoughts during this time. Please join us for lunch at the school cafeteria where we'll share memories and stories to celebrate his life.

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5:00 PM 1/9/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/9/2017 8:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States





10:30 AM 1/10/2017 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

1215 7th Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

St. Mary's Catholic Church
1215 7th Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

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St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

Read Ave
Worthington, MN 56187

Read Ave Worthington 56187 MN
United States

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