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Austin L. Brandt, 90

December 12, 2016
Traer Star-Clipper

Austin Lee Brandt was born on May 7, 1926, on the home farm in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa, the son of Walter and Elsia (Lassen) Brandt. He attended Bruce Center School #5 and graduated from Geneseo Consolidated High School. Austin drove the school bus while he was in high school and kept the bus on the farm overnight. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. On August 8, 1954, Austin was united in marriage to Phyllis Mauser at the Methodist Church in Osage. The couple made their home on the family farm until October of 2009, when they moved to Dysart. Austin farmed his entire life, starting in 1947 with his father. He was a member of the Dysart United Methodist Church, Dysart Lions Clubs, Dysart American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge. A recent honor for Austin was going on the Honor Flight accompanied by his son, Walter. Austin died at the age of 90 on Friday, December 2, 2016, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; his father in law and mother in law; a sister in law; a brother in law; and a nephew. Austin is survived by his wife; two sons, Walter (Terri) Brandt of Dysart and Larry (Sue) Brandt of Apple Valley, Minnesota; a daughter, Ellen (Mike) Bergman of Marshalltown; seven grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters in law,; a brother in law; and two former foreign exchange students.

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