Date Posted: 2001-06-16

Funeral services for Willard L. Brandenberg, 78, of Lexington will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington, with Rev. Bracken Sheldon officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery near Lexington. Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2001, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Reynolds-Love Chapel in Lexington.

He was born Nov. 22, 1922, at Lexington where he attended and graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1943. He married Jean Root May 20, 1951, at the United Methodist Church in Lexington.

He spent his working years with his hands, building homes with Martin Hibberd and later working at Howell Lumber and with Neil Kugler.

Willard was a member of the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and building things.

He is survived by two sons, Brad Brandenberg of Lexington and Dr. Greg (Cara) Brandenberg of Columbia, Mo., one brother, Ken Brandenberg of Lexington; five sisters, Lydia McKee of Lakewood, Calif., Gladys Phillips of Glendale, Ariz., Leota Schledewitz of Kearney, Leona Frey of Red Cloud and Eunice Gerken of Lexington; three grandchildren, Kyla, Trev and Jace Brandenberg of Columbia, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was prececed in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, in 1998, two sisters Goldie McKee and Lucille Gerken, and one infant brother, Clarence. Memorial are suggested to the Plum Creek Care Center or the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington Is in charge of arrangements.