News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 7, 2013

Donald E. ‘Bud’ Brandenburg


CASEY, Ill. — Donald E. “Bud” Brandenburg, 86, of Casey, left his earthly life at 11:29 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Casey, the son of Oval Grant Brandenburg and Mabel Fadley Brandenburg. On Aug. 13, 1946, he married Mary Lou Carl in Marshall, Ill.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Lou Brandenburg of Casey; son, D. Mike Brandenburg and wife Pam of Casey; daughter, Marilyn Larkin and husband Kevin of Casey; son, Donnie Brandenburg and wife Janet of Casey; grandchildren, Michael Brandenburg and wife Amber, Kacey Jo Brandenburg and Kaleb Joe Brandenburg, all of Casey, Miranda Jo Brandenburg of Beecher City, Ill., Marc Brandenburg of Newton, Ill., Mandy Totten and husband Ty of Altamont, Ill., Coltin Cown, Michelle Noggle and Johnny Noggle all of Casey, Michelle Wagner and husband Hutch of Newton, and Matt Brandenburg of West Union, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Saidee and Levi Brandenburg of Casey, Mia Totten of Altamont, and Whitley Brandenburg and Dyson Wagner of Newton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Virgil Brandenburg; and sisters, Marie Brandenburg, Mildred Downey, Bernadine Slater and Maxine Stevens; and grandson, Mathew Dean Brandenburg.

Bud served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Western Pacific from 1944 to 1947. Bud was a lifelong farmer around the Casey area. He took great pride in tending to the land, and that was evident to anyone who worked beside him or drove by the fields he farmed. Everyone in the family at one time or another had heard him say, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” When he was younger, in his spare time, Bud poured bin floors for Meeker Bins and Stephens Bins. Bud was always busy working at something but he always had time to stop and visit with fellow farmers, friends and neighbors. He enjoyed helping his neighbors and friends with little chores they needed. In later years, he and Mary Lou enjoyed spending their winter months in St. Petersburg, Fla. While in Florida they enjoyed attending functions at the Salvation Army and eating fish with friends at the American Legion on Friday nights. Bud was a lifelong member of the Casey Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5762, American Legion, and Clark County Farm Bureau.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Markwell Funeral Home, 200 N. Central Ave., in Casey, with the Rev. Gene Southard officiating. Burial will follow in Casey Cumberland Cemetery, in Casey, with graveside military rites by the Casey VFW and Hazel Dell American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the funeral home.,

Memorial donations may be made to Casey VFW, 300 S. Central Ave., Casey IL, 62420 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131.

Markwell Funeral Home of Casey, is in charge of the arrangements. To view the full obituary, send a condolence message, light a candle or post photos, visit: