Alan F. Brandt, age 56 of Darlington, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at his home in Darlington. He was born Dec. 24, 1960 the son of Francis and Mary Jane (Hoeper) Brandt. Al graduated from Cuba City High School in 1979. He grew up in rural Cuba City. Al’s love for music began at the age of 7 when he started playing drums. He later played drums, trumpet, and sang vocals in the Jack Busch Orchestra and then with the Frankie Brandt Big Band. Following his graduation from high school he began working for the Lafayette County Land Conservation Department where he worked for 35+ years until his retirement in 2016.
Al is survived by his parents; Frankie and Mary Jane Brandt of rural Cuba City; three children: April Brandt of Platteville, Alix Brandt of Madison, and A.J. Brandt of Darlington; four siblings: Roger (Nancy) Brandt of New Berlin, Gary Brandt of Darlington, Donna (Mark) Brokowski of Evanston, Ill., and Ken Brandt of Cuba City; he is also survived by Lori Garvey, his former wife and the mother of his three children and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister: Joan Goldberg; his brother-in-law Jim Goldberg; his paternal grandparents: Oscar (Alinda) Brandt; and his maternal grandparents: Adolph (Bernice) Hoeper.
Al was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a branch of our Lady of Fatima Parish, in Darlington and was a 4th Degree member of its Knights of Columbus. He was a proud honorary member of Bates-O’Brien-Howe-Wiegel-Roelli American Legion Post #214 of Darlington and was a past volunteer for the Darlington Optimist Club. Al had an abundance of musical talents and enjoyed sharing his gifts with his family and friends. His other passions were his children, cooking, and reading. Al cherished his family and the memories they created together more than anything else in the world. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends
A “Time of Family Remembrance” will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (104 E. Harriet Street, Darlington) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Joji Reddy and Rev. Thomas Kelley of St. Francis Catholic Church in Cross Plains concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery (Seymour Township). A visitation was held Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church where a rosary was prayed at 5:00 p.m. A visitation was also held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the church. The Erickson Funeral Home in Darlington is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Al’s name.