James Edward 'Jim' Brandt
Brandt, James Edward "Jim" 77, of Mesa, Arizona and Eagan, Minnesota, passed away peacefully from dementia complicated with cerebral amyloid angiopathy, on March 4, 2016. Jim was born on June 27, 1938 to the late Edward and Borghild Brandt in Minneapolis. He was a 1956 graduate of North High School in Minneapolis where he was ski jumping city champion. After high school Jim served proudly for 3 years in the U.S. Army, boasting the best Army job ever as a member of the Ski Patrol in Garmisch Parten-kirchen, Germany. After serving in the Army, Jim spent the next 35 plus years working for JCPenney where he managed various departments and took pride in finding the best fitting shoe for any foot! In 1995 he retired from JCPenney, and pursued his passions of golf, skiing, and fishing. Jim took great pride in instilling this love for skiing, golf, and fishing in his children and grandchildren and would often be found on the dock at Edgewood Resort showing the grandkids how to put a worm on a hook. Jim loved practical jokes and he would develop a devilish grin whenever he would catch somebody with one of his jokes. He was the consummate gentleman, always had a smile to share, and was well-liked by everyone who met him. Jim was fiercely proud of his five children and loved to share the accomplishments of his children with whomever would listen. He is survived by his children Patricia Alquist (Larry), Michael Brandt (Jackie Roehl), Amy Brandt, John Brandt, Jimmy Brandt (Pam), nine grandchildren, brother Jack Brandt (Ginny), sisters Jeanne Brown (Arnie) and Joanne Williamson Kelly; and wife, Bea Blomquist. Jim is predeceased by his parents and sister, Betty Mae Brandt. Jim's children are planning a memorial service in Minneapolis this summer sometime in June-details will follow. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice in Jim's name.
Published on March 13, 2016
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