Richard Brand

Richard Brand

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie for Richard W. Brand, age 93, of Long Prairie, who died Monday at CentraCare Health Systems-Long Prairie. Rev. Noah Wehrspann will officiate and burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Browerville, Minnesota. Friends may call from 4-6 pm, Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Long Prairie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Richard William Brand was born September 7, 1920, in Owatonna, Minnesota, the son of Hugo and Edna (Sackreiter) Brand. He attended public school for about six years. His father lost his job during the depression, so the family moved to a farm outside of Owatonna, where he finished his elementary years at a country school.
He attended Owatonna High School and graduated in 1938. It was the war years and he stayed on the farm with his father. They had moved to a more productive farm. Upon the death of his mother, he and his father quit farming. After the sale of his cattle, he decided to attend the University of Minnesota. With the sum of $1600 from his work on the farm, he had the courage to embark on this endeavor. Richard worked long hard weeks to reach his goal of graduation in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Economics, majoring in dairy production and a minor in journalism.
His first job was in the Extension office in Houston County as a summer assistant. He moved to Carlton County in 1949. Here he met Irma, his future wife. They were married on June 10, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie. They moved to Todd County in 1952. He took a leave of absence in 1956 to return to the University of Minnesota to get his Masters degree. He loved the work of the county agent and 4-H work, and returned to Long Prairie until his retirement in 1982.
Richard and Irma enjoyed 12 years of travel to Texas for the winter months. With the onset of illness in the fall of 2010, he continued to have physical problems until his death.
He loved to sing and served as soloist in church choirs and at weddings. Listening to anything from classical to Big Band music was so enjoyable to him. He never thought of golfing as a pastime on the farm, but it became one of his favorites in his working years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Irma of Long Prairie, a niece Frances M. Hart of Columbus, NE, and a nephew, Steven Brand of Houston, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Willis.
Obituary and on-line guest book available at www.williamsdingmann.com.

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