Byron Gerald Brandau

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Byron Gerald Brandau

  • Birth 8 Feb 1921
  • Death 14 Nov 2012
  • Burial Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 100915406

Byron Gerald Brandau was born February 8, 1921 in the Town of Wells to Alvina (Gajewski) and Ernest Brandau. Byron was called Home on November 14, 2012 at the age of 91 years, 9 months and 6 days. Byron married Beverly Arlene Sletten on September 28, 1946.

Byron enjoyed a long life and was blessed with many gifts particularly those of servitude. Byron was a 60+ year member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He served as head usher at Trinity for many years and always helped wherever needed. Byron also served his community as a member of the Sparta Lions Club. Byron was a hard worker and worked many jobs including farming, operating a Surge Milk Machine business, and employment at Schlaver Seed Farms and the Sparta Co-op Exchange just to name a few. Byron's favorite role; however, was that of Counselor at the former Wisconsin Child Care Center. Byron's passion was helping troubled youth. He believed there was no such thing as a bad kid.

Byron enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, animals of almost any kind, his BMW Motorcycle, traveling in his Winnebago Van, and in his younger years his Hudson Hornet and 31 Chevy Coupe. First and foremost, Byron loved any activity involving his granddaughters!

Byron and Beverly were blessed with two daughters, Susan (Richard) Haville of Owatonna, MN and Shirley (Kevin) Hobson of Sparta, WI; four granddaughters, Jennifer (Scott) Morani of Owatonna, MN, Joanna (Chad) Goltzman of Bloomington, MN, Amanda Hobson of Oshkosh, WI, and Rebecca Hobson of Sparta, WI.; one precious great-granddaughter, Ariel Morani of Owatonna, MN; and honorary granddaughter, Stephanie Chan of Minneapolis, MN. In addition to his wife, daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughter, Byron is also survived by one sister, Dorothy Waterman of Eau Claire, WI; three brothers -in law, Vernon Sletten, Virgil (MaryLou) Sletten, Duane (Violet) Sletten as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Byron was preceded in death by his parents; Alvina and Ernest Brandau; his in-laws Hilda and Alf Sletten; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Hazel Brandau, Ardith (Orland) Sletten, Leora (Wallace) Daniels, Eunice (Bill) Downin, Clifford Miller, and William Waterman; three nephews, Billy Downin, Darrell Sletten, Daniel Miller; and one niece, Elaine Miller.

A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, with Reverend Jeffrey Wm. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sparta.

Family and friends are invited to call at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials may be given in Byron's memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta or Gundersen Lutheran Hospice.


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  • Created by: Susanna Parrish
  • Added: 19 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100915406
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Byron Gerald Brandau (8 Feb 1921–14 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100915406, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Susanna Parrish (contributor 46929622) .