Mr. George William Brandkamp Sr.

December 12, 1926July 18, 2010

Funeral services for George “Buck” William Brandkamp, Sr., 83, will be 10 A.M. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, TX with Rev. Bernard Schey, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Interment services will follow at Copperas Cove Cemetery. Mr. Brandkamp died July 18, 2010 at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, Temple, TX.

He was born on December 12, 1926 in Hughesville, MO. to Ben and Nellie Brandkamp. He worked on the family farm, then for the Railroad, until joining the United States Army in October of 1945. He served at Camp Hood, TX, Fort Douglas, Utah and overseas with an Infantry Unit in Korea from 1945 to 1952, and was discharged at the rank of Sgt.While stationed at Camp Hood, he met Pearlie Mae Chisholm, a widow with two young boys. They were married in New Mexico and later settled in Copperas Cove, TX to raise their family, four boys and a girl. He worked two jobs to support his family. He worked civil service for 32 years at Fort Hood, TX as a Maintenance Foreman at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, and at Millsap’s Garage in Copperas Cove. He later married Kathleen Eloise Willday of Austin, TX in 1971. They lived in Killeen, TX. They were married until her death in 2004.

Survivors include his son, Barry C. Brandkamp, his daughter, Marla Marie Brandkamp of Copperas Cove, TX, two stepson’s Gary T. Chisholm and Dudley D. Chisholm of Florida, grandson, Jermie D. Brandkamp, step-grandsons, Todd Chisholm and Eric Chisholm, step-granddaughters, Allison Chisholm and Janie Chisholm, brothers, Charles Brandkamp, John Brandkamp, David Scholns and sister, Gertrude Burton of Sedalia, MO. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Pearlie Mae Brandkamp, his second wife Kathleen Eloise Brandkamp, his son, George William Brandkamp, Jr. (Chad), three brothers, Lawrence Brandkamp, Robert Brandkamp, and Joe Brandkamp, three sisters, Anna Lee, Geraldine, and Bessie.

The Brandkamp Family would like to extend thanks to the William R. Courtney Texas Veterans Home for taking such loving care of our father and to extend thanks to Vista Care Hospice for their compassionate care and support.

Visitation is from 6 to 8p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove, TX.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 20, 2010
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 21, 2010
  • Burial Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mr. George William Brandkamp Sr.

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Marla Brandkamp

July 14, 2011

Dad I miss and love you with all my heart. You were a great Dad. Thank you for all you unconditional love that you gave to me. You always there for me when I needed you. I thank you for giving me the love for birds, they are such a joy. Thank you for teaching me to be honest, hard working and to be compassionate and understanding. We will be together again some day. I love you Dad.

Your loving Daughter,

Marla (Sissy)

misti honea/brandkamp

May 26, 2011

dad, and aunt marla just know that i am here for u in the tough times, i will miss him very much, God Bless you.

audrey cooper

August 18, 2010

dear marla, i worked as a c.n.a. on 200 hall at hill country when your dad was there. i was so sad to hear about his passing. he was a joy to know and always had a smile. i remember how much he loved his birds. i am praying for your family. take care, audrey cooper

Lia Ruger

July 24, 2010

Those of us who were lucky enough to know G.W., have at least one memory of him that makes us smile. I have several good memories of him, and he'll live on in my memories. I'm glad I got to know him. He will be missed.

Erica, Mike, Brett and Shane Yokum

July 22, 2010

Marla and family...our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I pray that God brings you comfort knowing that your father is now at peace.

Marla Brandkamp

July 22, 2010

Robin Hetherington

July 21, 2010

Marla and family,
I am honored to have had the opportunity to spend time with George. He had the ability to light up the lives around him with his smile and that twinkle in his eyes. I will miss him.

July 20, 2010

Barry,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God's grace give you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Ed & Lisa Whiteley

July 20, 2010

Marla and family...may your faith sustain you in this time of sorrow, and may happy memories give you comfort.

Edilia & Frederick Ruger