Lyle Dennis Brandt
On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Lyle Dennis Brandt passed away at Mason General Hospital. He was 90 years old. Lyle was born on March 22, 1922 to Charles E. and Minnie M. (Church) Brandt in Gate City, WA.
He attended school in Oakville until the 8th grade before going to work for a stock breeder and eventually becoming a logger along with his brothers. In October 1942 he enlisted in the Marines and served in World War II. He was a Marine Raider, a group of marines who served on the front lines in the South Pacific. He lost both legs below the knees in Okinawa.
Upon returning to the states, he married Bernice Schey, who he had met on a blind date before he enlisted. They were married on January 1, 1946 at her family home in Rochester, WA. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage this January.
Mr. Brandt went to work for the Washington State Patrol in Chehalis as a radio dispatcher, retiring in 1967. Upon retiring, he began remodeling and building on to their home at Phillips Lake. He always referred to his seat on the deck as being the “best seat in the house.” It was there he always enjoyed watching his family play in the lake since 1952 when they purchased the property. Being an amputee never stopped Lyle from enjoying life or work. He was a working man that enjoyed gardening, water skiing, hunting, motorcycling in the back country, reading and traveling to the Raiders reunions. He liked cooking and was known for his stews, beans and $300 cake. He loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving wife Bernice; daughter, Jeannie (Jimmie) Brett, Tacoma; son, Marvin (Karen) Brandt, Gig Harbor; and daughter, Sharon (Tom) Roof, Shelton; sister, Dorothy (Dennis) Martin, Centralia; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private family gathering will be held at 1:30 pm on October 6, 2012 at the family home on the lake. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.