The Rev. Leon Brandenburg, 83, passed away Dec. 17, 2020.
He was born on March 1, 1937, to the late Ruth (Perkins) and Earl Brandenburg in Boone County, Indiana.
He attended school in Terhune, Indiana, and graduated from Sheridan High School in the class of 1955.
He was raised on a farm in Marion Township, and raising livestock was a hobby that he continued to enjoy for all of his life. He primarily raised cattle and hogs, although the farm did have chickens and goats at times. Later in life, some of his children's fondest memories of him are from when they would take their livestock to both the county and state 4-H Fairs.
A year after his high school graduation, he decided to go to college to become a teacher and minister. His calling into these two professions were questioned by those around him since he had a stuttering problem. Despite not having enough time to take all the tests for entrance, Ball State Teacher's College admitted him into their college and he felt God's presence as he successfully completed his education and graduated with a master's in education.
Rev. Brandenburg was an educator at a few different schools, but the majority of his career was spent at Western Boone High School where he taught for 37 years. He was fortunate to have had most of the students who came through Western Boone since he taught government, which was a required class for graduation.
Rev. Brandenburg enjoyed reading about and studying history. This interest led him to volunteer at the Sheridan Historical Society after retiring.
An ordained Methodist minister, he served many different congregations in Indiana. The congregations closest to Sheridan were located in Boxley and Jollietville. After serving in the Methodist church, Rev. Brandenburg also helped Jesse Griffith by serving as assistant minister at the Sheridan Church of God before retiring and ultimately worshipping at the Sheridan Methodist Church. Along with being active in the church, Rev. Brandenburg drove for Meals on Wheels and shared his faith with the people he met.
At their five-year class reunion, he was reacquainted with Anna Faye Walker, who became his wife on June 10, 1961.
One day, she saw a picture of an American Eskimo dog. When she showed it to Rev. Brandenburg, he bought her a puppy. They bred and raised American Eskimo puppies together, and Rev. Brandenburg continued to raise them until his death.
The Brandenburgs were parted by her death in 2003.
Rev. Brandenburg was an avid sports fan. For years, he had season tickets to the Colts games, ran the chains and the game clock at high school sports events and enjoyed watching games on television. He attended his grandchildrens sporting events, as well.
The thing Rev. Brandenburg was most proud of was his family - especially his grandchildren who called him Poppy. Poppy's grandchildren were fortunate to have a grandfather who taught them the values of faith, family and hard work. Survivors include his wife Pamela (Reddick), whom he married on May 7, 2006; his four children, John (Melanie) Brandenburg of Sheridan, Nancy (Ron) Powers of Sheridan, David (Lori) Brandenburg of Plainfield and LeAnn (Jason) Hopper of Avon; grandchildren Sarah (Jonathan) Jensen, Aaron (Leah) Powers, Micah Powers, Kylee Powers and, Elizabeth Brandenburg; his great-grandson, Alexander Powers; Pam's family including her son Jason Sherrill; granddaughter Taylor Linger; and great-grandsons Nixon and Rory Linger.
A celebration of life ceremony is planned and for a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sheridan Methodist Church, 207 E. 2nd St., Sheridan, Ind., 46069, or to the Sheridan Historical Society, 308 S. Main St., Sheridan, Ind. 46069.
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