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James Brandt

Jim “Squatch” Brandt, 62, of Belleville, IL, born October 24, 1954, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL

Mr. Brandt worked for the Laborers Local 459 in Belleville, IL, and previously worked as a roofer for Jim Taylor Roofing. Jim was a member of the Moose Lodge.  He played softball with the Mudville Giants, enjoyed coaching for the Belleville Little Devils, and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Brandt; his step-father, John Cissell; a sister, Vickie Boyle; his father-in-law, Homer Hinkle; his mother-in-law, Mary Etta (Don) Dove; a son-in-law, John Burton; brothers-in-law, Mark Lemasters, Mike Hinkle, and Jack Houston; and sisters-in-law, Terry Dove, Jeanette Ellenberg, and Ruth Montgomery.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Kathy, nee Hinkle, Brandt, whom he married on June 7, 1980;
his mother, Shirley J., nee Schmidt, Cissell;
his dad, William Paxton of Pe Ell, WA;
mother-in-law, Norma Hinkle;
two daughters, Sheila (Mike Nicoson) Burton of Belleville, IL,
and Jamie (Steve) Mank of Belleville, IL;
a grandson, Mason Mank;
a grandmother, Lucille Cissell;
four sisters, Pam Webster of Belleville, IL,
    Linda (John) Boyle of Belleville, IL,
    Dawn Handshumaker of WA,
    and Vickie Brown of WA;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ron (Gayle) Hinkle,
    Connie (Tom) Schaeffer, Dawn Osteen,
    Bobbie Jo (Larry) Randle, David (Toni) Dove,
    Donna L. Clifton, Billy (Gary) Alexander,
    Edi Lemasters, Homer Hinkle,
    and Donny (Jennifer) Hinkle;
many nieces, nephews and cousins;
and a canine companion, “Coco”.

Memorials may be made to the family.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

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Condolences Left For James Brandt

    We are thinking about you with fond memories of Jim.
    Out thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow as you lay him to rest.

    Rob & Susan Stewart, Herrin, IL, 62948

    Rest in peace my friend. You are so loved by everyone you met. You could not have known a stranger. Bob and I always looked forward to you and the family coming to our soup. We have such good memories of you. We talked with our kids (Steve and Stephanie) about you and they always looked forward to see you they both thought a lot for their dad's friend and enjoyed a lot of laughs around the campfire after the soup. We love you Jim and will miss you immensely. Rest in Peace

    Bob and Julie Ott, Freeburg, Il, 62243

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