Keith Arlen Brandt
September 10, 1947 – July 26, 2020
Keith Arlen Brandt passed away on Sunday, July 26 at the age of 72 following a significant stroke.
Keith grew up on a farm in Titonka with his two brothers, Kermitt and Kevin, and a sister, Karen. He was always proud to say it was during his eighth-grade year that he began courting Janet Cunningham, the love of his life and wife of 53 years. After high school, Keith went to Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, where he played football and made lifelong friends. After college, Keith joined the Air Force where he was an F-4 pilot, and thus began his love for flying.
While stationed in Germany, Keith and Janet welcomed their first daughter, Andrea. After serving for six years, they made the decision to move back to Iowa, where Keith began farming with his in-laws, Ray and Elsa Cunningham, and Janet’s cousins, Phillip and JoAnn Asa. One day after his 30th birthday, Keith received the gift of his second daughter, Tara. Always one to go out of his way to do anything for anyone, Keith welcomed Janet’s nephew, George, into their home in 1988 and raised him as a son throughout George’s school years.
After retiring from farming in 2007, Keith devoted his time to his hobbies: golf, flying his Swift, daily walks with his wife, traveling, organizing the local Young Eagles program, and spending as much time as possible with his grandkids.
Amidst a life of hard work, numerous accomplishments, and a collection of toys (antique tractors, vintage airplanes, and an antique truck, to name a few), he regarded family and friends most valuable in his life.
Keith will be greatly missed by Janet, Andrea and Brent Legreid (Lenexa, Kan.), Tara Brandt (Algona, Iowa), and George and Elisa Cunningham (Altadena, Calif.), and especially by his grandkids: Ella, Casen, Coragan, Anna and Georgie; as well as so many other family members and friends.
A Missing Man flyover in his honor is planned at the Algona Municipal Airport on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. With respect to social distancing, those who wish to attend are invited to sit in their car or bring lawn chairs to sit next to their car.