A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bonner, Montana.
Robert Ernest Brandt was born April 28, 1955 in Havre, Montana to Robert F. and Katherine (Langel) Brandt. He died at his home in Clinton, Montana on October 24, 2020 of natural causes. He was baptized and confirmed at Hingham Lutheran Church and after moving to Clinton, joined Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bonner and recently was on the Church Council.
Bob grew up on a farm between Rudyard and Hingham with his four brothers and two sisters. He attended school in Rudyard and graduated from Rudyard High in 1973. He was on the first panther wrestling team and the original “water boy” for the football team and manager of the team; he also played drums in the band. In the summers he liked to go with his paternal grandmother Hertha Brandt and Uncle Irvin to Glacier Park for fishing trips.
After high school he attended Northern for a short time then went to work for Tire-Rama in Rudyard. In that position, he was also a bus driver and drove the bus which took his little sister Karen to Hingham where grades five through eight were located after Rudyard and Hingham consolidated to be Blue Sky. He also spent many evenings and weekends bartending.
He moved to Missoula and worked for Tire-Rama there followed by jobs at various part stores and Harbor Freight when it opened. At the time of his passing, he was employed at Montana Tool in Missoula, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed. Bob almost always held a second job as well. He worked in grocery stores, at Walmart for a time and, again, at the time of his death, he was also working at Missoula Fresh Market, another job he loved. Although Bob was very quiet and was content to live and be alone, he also enjoyed visiting with people especially at the grocery store.
He played softball on the Hi-Line, being an original member of the Daily’s Dog Bones team, one of the Rudyard teams, they didn’t win many games but the sure had fun. He had a love for softball and baseball. While living in Missoula he worked concessions for the Missoula Osprey so he could see their games. He was also a HUGE Minnesota Vikings fan through thick and thin (a lot of thin, but he never gave up on them).
Bob was also a survivor of throat cancer and very proud of his clean bill of health from that. He had an amazing knowledge of music and sports trivia and a terrific sense of humor that could keep you smiling for hours. Bob was an easy-going, likeable person. He loved dogs and for years had at least one or two at a time. They were traveling companions and family for him since he never married or had children.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Katherine, brother Darryn and niece Rebecca Henry and his beloved dogs.
He is survived by three brothers, Clyde (Toni) Brandt, Gary Brandt and Jim (Theresa) Brandt and two sisters, Marilyn (Bill) Henry and Karen (Dave) Watson. Nieces and nephews Lindsey (Jim) Bennett, Keelie (Joseph) Montalban, Chris Brandt, Ryan Brandt, Zachary Brandt, Tyler Brandt, Misti (Jim) Anderson, Eddie (Katie) Torres, Sammantha Watson and Topanga Watson. Great nieces and nephews Arlo and Alice Bennett, Maida Montalban, Magnus and Freya Anderson, he is also survived by aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.
We will miss you, dear brother. May your next journey be surrounded by the glory of God!
The family suggests memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bonner, a dog shelter or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Garden City Funeral Home.