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Lakeview Funeral Home & Lakeview Cemetery

12100 E 13Th St N, Wichita, KS

OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Brandt

May 31, 1936November 25, 2019
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Robert “Brother Bob”, 83, of Wichita, Kansas passed away Monday November 25, 2019. Bob was born on May 31 1936 in Kirkwood, Missouri to Reginald and Grace Brandt. He was the youngest of six children: brothers Charles, Yale, Maurice (“Mike”), John Aaron (“Jack”), and his sister Beatrice (“Tiny”). As a young man, Bob was an archery enthusiast, winning the Missouri state championship and coming second nationally when he competed. He joined the Army at age 22, serving three years before being honorably discharged. He then went on to work for a subcontractor for NASA, including working on the Gemini and Mercury space capsules. Bob and Doris Brandt were united in marriage on July 12 1963. They were blessed with three sons: Alan, Matt, and Jonathan Brandt. Bob felt a strong calling to the ministry and subsequently he studied diligently for his master’s degree in Religious Education while living in New Orleans, Louisiana. After receiving his ordination, Bob became a music director for Rock Hill Baptist Church. He went on to became Minister for Education for Red Bridge Baptist church, before being called to be pastor for the Leavenworth Baptist Church. His ministry, however, was never limited to the time spent in church. Though he took on other careers over his lifetime, he kept his faith central to everything he did. Bob touched many lives through his leadership and example in devotion. He was a caretaker to his wife after her own decline in health, and once again used that time to bring joy and faith into the lives of the people around him. He was as much a confidant for strangers as he was his grandchildren. He had a great love of black licorice, reading for entertainment and knowledge, and listening to beautiful music. He passed away early Monday morning after a long struggle with his health. Though Bob has been called home to Jesus, he will be remembered and missed by those he left behind. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brothers. Survivors include his wife; Doris Brandt, sons; Robert Alan (Doniaell) Brandt, Matthew (Dee) Brandt, Jonathan (Kimberly) Brandt, grandchildren; Melissa (Cody) Arnett, Meagan (John Russo) Brandt, Madison (Taylor) Riddle, Dustin (Yolanda) Brandt, Paige (Nick Bell) Brandt, Tanner Brandt, Tyler (Madison) Brandt and great-grandchildren; Bradley Brandt, Orlando Palm, Asher Bell, Autumn Arnett, Alexander Brandt, TJ Riddle, Gentry Bell and Viktor Brandt. Visitation will be at 9am on Friday November 29, 2019 with funeral service at 10am both at Lakeview Funeral Home, 12100 E. 13th St. N., Wichita. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1820 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Alan Brandt
  • Matthew Brandt
  • Dustin Brandt
  • Tanner Brandt
  • Tyler Brandt
  • Cody Arnett
  • Jonathan Brandt, Honorary
  • John Russo
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association, 1820 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 29, 2019

Memories

Robert "Bob" Brandt

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Bob Eson

November 30, 2019

There are very few people whose ministries you can really say made a real positive difference in your life. Nowadays most of the lessons I learn from people are ones I learn from their negative example. I learn from them what NOT to do. I have had some in recent years that have made a positive difference in my life with their books. But I have known very few people personally who have really shaped my life for God. Maybe I'm too old now to have a mentor, but I often still feel like I need one.

But long ago, I had several men that really affected me in the formation years of my Christian life. Bob Brandt was one of those. As a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church in St. Louis, I got to know Bob pretty well and observe his life. I was over at Bob and Doris' house often because I was friends with Bob's nephew who lived with them. Bob was one of those rare individuals who I felt could sense where you were spiritually and give you the word you needed. If it was a word of encouragement, you got it. And if it was a stern word of rebuke, you got that, too. Actually, in today's live-and-let-live world, those are the words that have strengthened me most over time. I still remember them, and they still affect me for the good.

Bob's singing also affected me. I always had to fight back tears when he sang. I always felt the power of God when he ministered in song. His sincerity always came through. Though I hadn't talked to Bob in many years, I will never forget him.

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