Thursday, April 19, 2012

Karlton August Brandes

Wellsville, NY - Karlton August Brandes, 77, of 4217 Fassett Lane passed away at home on April 18, 2012. He was born April 23, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Karl and Evelyn (Neu) Brandes. On August 26, 1961 in Wellsville he married Joanne Herman who survives.

In 1953, Karlton graduated from Wellsville High School and was awarded the FFA Farmer of the Year. In 1982 he received the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District Farmer of the Year Award, and in 1983 he received the Goodyear Conservation award for outstanding
accomplishments in resource conservation. He also served as a committeeman for Agway and Dairylea, and was active in several other farm organizations.  His partners in life and farming were his Lord and Savior, his wife and their sons. He operated a dairy farm until his barn burned, and then he raised beef cattle. For several years he was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church; where he lovingly and joyfully served his Lord in various capacities. He always had a humorous story for any occasion and enjoyed the camaraderie of his monthly pinochle club. Karlton and his wife enjoyed camping, hiking, biking and canoeing.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 50 years, are his children and grandchildren, Mark and Sheila (Garvey) Brandes of Orlando, FL, Paul and Claudia (Bashaar) Brandes and their children Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah and Ava Marie of Waynesboro, PA, Christopher and Tamara (Hile) Brandes and their children, Emily and Evelyn of Sebastian, FL and Jonathan and Lori (Cole) Brandes and their children Teagin and Tiernee of Wellsville. He is also survived by his sister, Kathryn and Arnold Wienk of Sergeantsville, NJ and a brother-in-law, Bruce and Betty Herman of Spring Hill, FL, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, including Tim and Penny McKee of Wellsville. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, James Herman and a sister-in-law, Janet Herman Lang.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11:00 am to 12 noon to at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. A memorial celebration will be at 12 noon in church with Rev. Carl Knitter presiding. A reception will follow at 1:00 pm and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. I was very sorry to hear about Karlton's illness and am equally sorry for your loss. While we all know he is now with Jesus and free of pain and suffering, I know how hard it will be for you to be without him. I have many fond memories of him going back to when Mark and I were real little kids. Please accept my heartfelt condolances.

    Mary (Mallory) Monroe

    1. Thank you, Mary for your kind condolences. Joanne

  2. Karlton was a very fine man. He became a part of our life thru my daughter Penny Lynn Mckee. Karlton and Joanne were kind, giving, loving, and fun. we hope Karlton is resting in peace. We hope Joanne will find the comfort she needs to get through these early days of loosing her life long friend and love.
    God Bless Karlton's sons and their familes as they go through this time of adjustment.

    Respectfully, Allen and Bonnie Dannheim

  3. Fred & Jacki Cole~~April 21, 2012April 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Karlton was a great person. He will be dearly missed at all our picnics and parties.
    RIP dear friend.

    Jacki & Fred

  4. Karlton proved to be a wonderful husband and a loving father and grandfather. He was a hard worker and past this on to his kids and grandchildren. He loved and served his Lord and now is resting in peace with the Lord. May Joanne find comfort in the many memories they shared together throughout the years as a family. RIP Karlton, you will be missed by many.

    Mark and Kelly Piscitelli

  5. My sincere condolences to Chris, Jon and the rest of the Brandes family. I am very sorry for your loss. I recall Mr. Brandes as a very nice man. May you all find a measure of comfort in your family and friends.
    Darcy Lanpher-Shutt, WHS Class of 1987

  6. Karlton's memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Shepherd of the Valley church at 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. It'll begin at 11 a.m. and there will be a luncheon following the service. Thank you for all your heartfelt condolences. He will be missed immensely.

  7. To the family of Karlton Brandes and brother-in-law, Bruce Herman. We offer our condolence and sympathy.

    Friends at Pryor Giggey Co
    Anniston, Alabama