Mr. Wilfred V Brandt

August 2, 1928November 13, 2018

Wilfred “Wil” Victor Brandt who resided in Conway, Arkansas, passed away November 13, 2018 in Conway, Arkansas. He was one of three children. Wil was born August 2, 1928 in Columbus, Texas to the late G. Alfred Brandt and Linda Berger Brandt. He was a son, brother, husband, uncle, grandfather, teacher, servant, and ‘daddy’ to his children. Wil was 90-years-old. He is preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn “Gay” Pesnell Brandt, whom he was married to for 60 years, his parents G. Alfred and Linda Brandt of Columbus, Texas; one brother, Royce G. Brandt of Austin, Texas; and a grandson, Jonathan Paul Brandt of Solgohachia, Arkansas. He met his wife “Gay” when she was 16-years-old in Columbus, Texas. He was friends with, and worked for her dad. She worked at a local soda fountain. When he received her dad’s permission, he took her on their first date to a movie. He married Gay on September 13, 1947. They had 10 children Stephen, Alan, Jill, Mark, Brian, Tammy, Kimberly, Melody, April and Sharon. He enjoyed telling people he “called her and raised her 10”! And, when all his children were at home for a meal there were 100 toes under the table. Wil moved his family from Columbus, Texas to Melbourne, Arkansas in 1958. Along with cattle farming, he worked in the limestone mines of Northern Arkansas and later as a milk hauler for Hills Valley Foods in Batesville, Arkansas. In 1968, he was transferred to Morrilton, Arkansas to manage the Morrilton Cheese Factory. Other occupations he held included truck driving and an electrician. He retired from Kimberly-Clark Corp. in 1993 after 23 years. Wil enjoyed serving as a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol, and was a ham radio operator (call sign KA5NIV). Wil and Gay enjoyed square dancing with the Rebel Reelers, and camping with the Good Sam’s RV Club. Throughout his life Wil experienced riding in a horse-drawn wagon with his dad as a young boy. He saw the progression of some of the first televisions, as well as cars and trucks. He lived through the era of man “walking on the moon”. Wil enjoyed playing the guitar and singing with family devotionals after a long day’s work beside a crackling fire in the wood stove during the cold winter months living in Northern Arkansas. Wil proudly served three years in the US ARMY National Guard and was honorably discharged on Jan 2, 1953. He is survived by four sons, Stephen Brandt (Morrow, AR), Alan Brandt (Columbus, TX) Mark Brandt (Conway, AR), Brian Brandt (Conway, AR) six daughters, Jill Brandt Blankenship (Conway, AR), Tammy Brandt Lauterbach (Lindale, TX), Kimberly Brandt (Conway, AR), Melody Brandt (Hot Springs, AR), April Brandt Reynolds (Jackson, MO), Sharon Brandt Davitt (Conway, AR) ; one sister; Jeanette Earleen Treybig (Houston, TX); 20 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. A celebration of his life service will be 11-16-2018 at 2pm, at New Life Church in Conway with military honors under the direction of Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home. His final resting place will be beside his bride of 60 years, “Gay” at Crest Lawn Cemetery in Conway, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to missions in India through New Life Church, Conway, AR.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 16, 2018

Mr. Wilfred V Brandt

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Debbie Tucker

November 20, 2018

Mark and family , so sorry for the loss of your dad. Praying for you and your family. Debbie Tucker

Sueann Richardson

November 15, 2018

I was always amazed at such a big family and wondered how in the world one learned to cook for so many! I remember everyone and I want you to know you were so blessed. He was a fine man and lived a good, rich life. Blessings for peace.

Bonnie Teer

November 15, 2018

To my precious Friends - The Brandt Family, truly sorry about the loss of your precious Father. Sending love, prayers and sympathy - asking our sweet Heavenly Father to wrap his loving arms around you and minister more GRACE and MERCY to meet your every need! He truly was an amazing man, you children were so blessed to have had great role model's as parents. Those parents raised a crop of awesome children - GOD bless each and every one of you! Heaven is truly rejoicing-another child has come home! You will see him again one day soon and what a glorious day that will be! Your parents are walking hand and hand with JESUS now - that is a wonderful thought to ponder on! LOVE you my dear friends!

Jerry Petrey

November 15, 2018

Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Wil and I worked together many days and he was always a pleasure to work with. May the good Lord give comfort to the family during this time of loss. Another fine man has left us , may you rest in peace. God Bless

Sindy Fulmer

November 14, 2018

I'm sorry for the pain of grief that this wonderful family that I admire so much is going through but this is temporary eternity is forever and you will see each other soon. Thank God this family serves God 💕

Janis Garrett Robbins Class of 75 Robbins

November 14, 2018

So sorry for the loss and passing of your Dad; you are all in my thoughts and prayers God bless all of you.