Raymond E. Brandt, 94, died October 9, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on December 22, 1924 at Albion, Nebraska to Walter H. and Irma (Barbee) Brandt. He moved with his family to the Alliance area in 1929. He attended grade school in rural Box Butte County and graduated from Alliance High School in 1941.
In February of 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army and served until August, 1946. He served in the Phillipines as a field artillery officer.
Following his release from the service, he attended the Colorado A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins, Colorado, graduating in June, 1951. He returned to Alliance to practice and established what is now the Alliance Animal Clinic. He retired from practice at the end of 1983. He and his wife spent their winters at their home in Phoenix, AZ, eventually moving there full time.
He was a life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a life member and past president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church as well as the VFW, American Legion, Elks and Eagles. An avid golfer, he was a member and two times past president of the Panhandle Men’s Club. In 1974, he was chairman of the 19th Hole Inc., the group that solicited donations and built the present day clubhouse at the Alliance Municipal Golf Course. This building was later given to the City of Alliance. He was also a two term president of the Nebraska Boys Ranch during its early years.
He married Elsie Vogel on September 14, 1947 and she survives. They enjoyed 72 years of marriage. He is also survived by two sons and one daughter and their spouses: Dr. Tom and Becky (DeFord) Brandt of Council Bluffs, IA, Jim and Shannon (Rozek) Brandt of Stoughton, WI, and Sally (Brandt) and Lu Maly of Phoenix, AZ; and grandchildren Lesley (Brandt) and JJ Crouse of Omaha, NE, Jacob and Suzanne Brandt of Middleton, WI, Jennifer Brandt and Benjamin Brandt of Stoughton, WI; and Brittany (Maly) and Dr. Bill Carson of Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Tyler and Dr. Nancy Maly of San Diego, CA, Lacey and C.J. Maly of Phoenix, AZ; two great-grandchildren Taggart and Easton Crouse of Omaha, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Schwaderer.
Memorials may be given to the Nebraska Boys Ranch, St. Johns Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice.