Richard Carl Brandt

November 17, 1935 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 84)


Richard C. Brandt, age 84, of Battle Creek died Friday, June 12, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence.

Mr. Brandt was born on November 17, 1935 in Battle Creek to Carl and Jane (Crilly) Brandt.  He was a graduate of Battle Creek High School, class of 1955 and continued his education attending classes at Kellogg Community College.  Following his graduation from high school, Richard served in the Air National Guard until 1962.  Richard had been employed as a Pressman for the Kellogg Company for 32 years, retiring in 1990.  Prior places of employment included the Lawson Printing Company and Michigan Carton.

On April 22, 1967, he married the former Connie Lou Dunn in Battle Creek.  She preceded him in death on September 10, 2006.

Richard was a car guy.  He loved working on them, driving them and racing them.  In his youth, he enjoyed drag racing and competed on local tracks around Michigan as well as racing in Daytona, Florida.  He has a room full of trophies including several from National events. He was a member of the Corvette Club, having owned several Corvettes throughout his life including a classic 1958.

Richard also enjoyed music; he played the guitar sometimes sitting in with a friend’s band.  He and his wife, Connie enjoyed dancing. Richard also enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman in his youth and following his retirement.  He enjoyed hunting, camping, radio-controlled airplanes and had owned boats.  

He is survived by a daughter, Heidi Griggs of Battle Creek; a son, Troy (Jodi) Brandt of Battle Creek; grandchildren, Hagan (Lauralee) Brandt, Kasey (Morgan) Brandt and Camieo Green; a great grandchild, Harlow Brandt; a sister, Beverly (Dean) Burrill of Battle Creek; a brother, William "Bill" (Rebecca) Brandt of Battle Creek; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private graveside services are being planned for the family.  A public Memorial Celebration of Life gathering will be held at a later date.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 2838 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI 49015.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Glenn Arbor Hospice, the Humane Society of Southcentral Michigan or to Alcoholics Anonymous.  Assistance with memorials is available online or through the funeral home.

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