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Pastor John Brandt

November 15, 1935 — September 21, 2012

Pastor JB Brandt, 77, died August 21, 2012 at his residence in Ilwaco. JB was born in Astoria on November 14, 1935, the son of John Birger and Jessie (Thorson) Brandt Sr. He graduated from Astoria High School in 1953, graduated from the University of Oregon and attended an additional year of law chool there as well. Following that he attended Lutheran Seminary school in Illinois. Summers were spent locally on his fishing boat the Jessie B. After his ordination he was first assigned a position as assistant pastor in Seattle. He the moved to Aberdeen where he was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church for many years. From Aberdeen he moved to Everett where he was the pastor of Zion Lutheran Church until his retirement in 2006. JB "returned to his roots" when he moved to Ilwaco. Throughout his life, Pastor Brandt traveled extensively and made friends where ever he went. He was also a very gifted musician, playing the piano and organ. He was known as a scholar and great storyteller and was an avid reader. JB is survived by his sister Jessie (George) Simpson of Astoria and cousin Kermit Brandt of Chicago, as well as nephews, nieces and many friends. A memorial service will be held for JB on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chinook with a reception following at the Chinook school gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, please give to the local organization of ones choice. A private graveside service has been held at the Brandt family plot at Greenwood Cemetery in Astoria. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach and JB's online guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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