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James L. Brandon

James  L. Brandon, 94, of Waterloo, IL, died April 9, 2019, in Red Bud, IL. He was born November 23, 1924, in Santarem, Brazil.

He is survived by his wife Thelma A. Brandon (nee Smith); children Rachel (Paul Straub) Brandon, James (Debbie) Brandon Jr., Joseph (Kathy) Brandon, and George (Kim) Brandon; grandchildren Mallory (Byrum) Koester, Lisa Straub, Joseph F. Brandon V, Holly Brandon, Elizabeth Brandon, Alexander Brandon, and Kyle Brandon; great grandchildren Amelia Koester and Olivia Koester; 3 step-grandchildren; 7 step-great grandchildren; and sister Bettie Nast.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Franklin & Anna (nee Harsha) Brandon; 6 brothers; and 3 sisters.

James was a member of Columbia Baptist Church, Waterloo American Legion, Monroe County Retired Teachers,and  Boy Scouts of America - Order of the Arrow. He was a 2017 inductee into the Waterloo High School Legacy Society Wall of Fame, 1992 recipient of the BSA Okaw Valley Council Lifetime Achievement Award, an expert gardener, avid fisherman and devoted family man.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Baptist Childrens Home & Family Services - Carmi

4 PM to 6 PM Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Quernheim Funeral Home
10:30 AM until time of service Monday at Quernheim Funeral Home

11:30 AM Monday, April 15, 2019 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Dave Smith officiating
Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO

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Dear family of Mr. Brandon,

I was a student of Mr. Brandon at Waterloo High School in 1967 and 1968. I took Spanish and Geometry from him. He was such a gifted teacher who loved his subject and his students. He always gave 110%. He communicated well how much he wanted us to learn well. He took time to talk to us personally. Ever since his class, Geometry and Spanish have been two of my favorite subjects. I still have the notes from his Geometry class and every-once-in-awhile, I still use what I learned then. As for Spanish, I only took one year but he taught so well, that 50 years later, I am still able to speak Spanish somewhat, enough to get by when I travel to Central and South America. He inspired that much. So, may God bless you as you will miss Mr. Brandon much, I am sure. Sincerely, L. William Hesterberg, class of 1969

Will Hesterberg Apr 17 2019 12:00 AM

I've been out of town and just got home. So sorry to have missed the services. Would have loved to share in the celebration of his life.

Jim was a fantastic colleague and helped show me the "Waterloo way" when I first joined the faculty. For that, I will be forever grateful.

Keeping the entire Brandon family in my thoughts,
Cyndi Kelly

Cyndi Kelly Apr 16 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Brandon family. Loved my years of Spanish with him. Always a nice, calm mannered man.

Lola Doyle Brand Apr 14 2019 12:00 AM

A The Color of Memories Table Arrangement was ordered on April 14, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Apr 14 2019 12:00 AM

Sending prayers and condolences to all family and friends. Honored to care for this kind man. God bless. Your nurse Tanya T RN

Tanya Riley Apr 13 2019 12:00 AM

What a a gentle giant he was. Commanding and calm. He was the kind of man you wanted to salute and hug at the same time. I am thinking of your family and hoping that your memories and love will carry you through this sad time.

Tina (Ruhmann) Diener Apr 13 2019 12:00 AM

Thelma, Rachel, Jim, Joe & George, So very sorry for your loss! Please accept my sympathy at this difficult time. Mr. Brandon made an impact on my life and I will always remember him. I am glad I got to know him. He gave me a ride to many games to watch George and/or Joe play basketball or football.

Lisa (Schilling) Riebeling Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Brandon

Tina Marlow Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

What a great man he was. I was vice-president of the Spanish Club sometime between 1983-1987. I forget the year ! I learned a lot from him. He was always be remembered =)

Michael Shackelford Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM