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Vertus Daniel "Dan" Brandt

April 5, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Vertus Daniel "Dan" Brandt, age 83, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, passed peacefully from this earth into God's loving and merciful arms on April 2, 2019. Dan was born on March 5, 1936, to Vertus Deitlef and Alvena (Boldt) Brandt in the small town of Toledo, Iowa. He graduated from Toledo High School, where he met his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Pamela (Yetter).

Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, Dan was proud and honored to serve his country. He spent the first five years of his military career as a base aerial and still photographer. He then volunteered and was accepted to become a special agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and was sent to Japanese Language School, in Washington, D.C. As an OSI agent in the criminal investigation division who spoke fluent Japanese, he served as a translator during two tours of duty in Japan, one at Itazuke Air Base, on the southern island of Kyushu, and the other at Tachikawa Air Base, near Tokyo. After his second Asian tour, he was promoted to Master Sergeant and reassigned to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He received the distinguished Meritorious Service Medal upon retirement, having served 22 years.

He and his family settled down in Del City, Oklahoma, where he served the community as Public Works Director, Assistant City Manager, and then City Manager. He went on to serve both the Harrah and Piedmont communities as City Manager. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminology from The University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma. For several years, he was a 55 Alive class instructor, call center volunteer, and Oklahoma legislative representative for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

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Vertus Daniel 'Dan' Brandt

He and Pam moved to Midwest City after the tornado of May 3, 1999, which devastated their neighborhood.

Dan loved to cook out, travel, listen to Johnny Cash and other greats, watch a good John Wayne western, cheer on both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oklahoma Sooners, give long lectures, donate his time to charities and his community, sit in the front yard under the tree with his beloved dog, Yogi, and spending time with family. He was also a 32o Master Mason of the Scottish Rite. Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Vertus and Alvena; siblings: Henrietta, Annatta, Frederick, and Charles; nephews: Harold, Franklin, and Richard; and daughter-in-law, Tamiris. Dan's spirit will endearingly live on in the lives and hearts of those who love him, especially his wife, Pam; children: Terri, Jeff (and Samantha), Eric, and Tammy; and grandsons: Chad and Jeffrey.

He is also survived by his nephews and nieces: Betty, Ellen, Mary Jane, Pat (and Terry), Carol, Cindy, Steven (and Joni), Kevin (and Kim), Kent (and Donna), Debbie (and Jerry), Kim (and Doug), Kirk, Kyle, Chuck, and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude toward Alliance Health, Crossroads Hospice, and Sienna Extended Care & Rehab for their generous care in Dan's last days, and to Dignity Memorial and Barnes Friederich Funeral Home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.

Memorial services for Dan will be at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home at 1820 South Douglas Boulevard, Midwest City, Oklahoma, on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 2 p.m., officiated by Air Force Chaplain Kory Capps. Burial will follow in the Arlington Memory Gardens Cemetery, at 3400 North Midwest Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 
 

 

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