Clifford Brandenburger, 90, of rural Beecher City, IL passed away at 6:20 p.m. Thursday (December 30, 2010) at St. Anthonyís Hospital, Effingham, IL.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in Woodlawn Cemetery, Effingham with military rites. Monsignor Leo Enlow will officiate. Arrangements are by Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City. Memorials may be made to the Beecher City Kluthe Center.
Mr. Brandenburger was born May 27, 1920 in St. Clair County, IL, the fourth of eight children of Alex and Florence (Schmiedlen) Brandenburger.
Clifford was a WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Navy as a motor Machinist Mate 1st class aboard LSTís in the South Pacific from 1943-1946.He married Bernadine Beland on June 29, 1946 in Chicago, IL.
Mr. Brandeburger worked as a plumber in Chicago for several companies, retiring after a long career from National Can Corporation. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 844 in Chicago. He was also a member of the National Campers & Hikers Association, Wood Sculptors Unlimited, Millroad Threshing Association and Loudon Twp. Neighborhood Watch.
After retiring, Clifford and Bernadine Brandenburger moved to a home in rural Beecher City in 1982 to return to the country life he loved.
Mr. Brandenburger was mechanically gifted and a life long lover of tools and machinery. He was a master cabinet and furniture maker, and expert toymaker, a skilled wood sculptor, and avid antique machinery restorer and tool collector. He was a creator and inventor of innumerable mechanical devices, including over forty air engines.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Bernadine, sons, Peter (Belle) Brandenburger of rural Beecher City, IL, Clyde (Patricia) Brandenburger of Chicago, IL and Paul (Diane) Brandenburger of Lockport, IL; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Dale (Shirley) Brandenburger of Millstadt, IL and Delmar (Arlene) Brandenburger of Smithton, IL,; sisters, Virginia Hill of Freeburg, IL and Doris Walston of Palastine, TX, and sister-in-law, Lorraine Brandenburger ofBellville, IL.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Glen (Vernell), brother, Ralph (Sadie) and brother, Roy.