Gerhardt H. Brandt, 96, of Hillpoint, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at the Sauk County Health Care Center, with his loving family beside him.

He was born June 4, 1921, in Sauk County at the family farm, the son of Irwin and Lydia (Ohland) Brandt. He was married to Verna Muchow at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Hillpoint, on June 5, 1946, and celebrated 70 years of marriage. Gerhardt and Verna farmed together in rural Hillpoint. They enjoyed card parties with friends and family. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he and Verna served as janitor for 30 years, also mowing lawn for the church and cemeteries. He was a school bus driver for Claude Box and then the Weston School District for more than 20 years.

Gerhardt enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, spring training in Arizona, also on his new TV, and was especially excited when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016 for the first time in 108 years. While at the Sauk County Health Care Center, he touched the lives of the residents and staff with his humor and strong-willed ways.

He was preceded in death by his wife Verna Brandt, on July 31, 2016; parents; infant sister; infant brother; and infant grandson, Bret Brandt.

He is survived by his children, Betty (Don) Davis of Reedsburg, Merlin (Cindy Spencer) of Hillpoint, Leana (Dave) Crary of Richland Center, Lori Dee of La Valle; 12 grandchildren, Bradley (Angi Fry) Brandt, Meadow (Scott) Mears, Spencer (Nikki) Davis, Adam (April) Brandt, Nicole Brandt, Daniel (Brandi) Brandt, Max (Amanda) Brandt, Sam (Brittany Acker) Brandt, Amy Crary, Jeremy Crary, Manda (Bruce) Hansen, Taylor Dee (Colleen Smith); 27 great-grandchildren, Dawson, Autumn, Alexis, Nick, Jaden, Dylan, Davis, Andi, Kaleb, Kadee, Emery, Reegan, Trenna, Gracy, Ally, Robby, Kendall, expecting new great-grandson in November, Hailey, Braydon, Avery, Addison, Libby, Trenton, Landen, Deegan, Ava, Fallyn; two great-great-grandsons, Bentley and Peyton; brother Melvin Brandt of Baraboo; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and friends, including special friends, Bill, Eugene, and Russ and Ivy Hoege.

Funeral services for Gerhardt were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hillpoint. Reverend Tim Anderson, pastor, officiating. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery, rural Hillpoint.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials of remembrance be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour.

Farber Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements