Richard (Dick) D. Brandes, 83 years old, of Jefferson Township, passed away on Sept. 27, 2022.
Dick was born in Wellsville, N.Y., to Walter A. and Medora Rose (Lish) Brandes.
Dick attended Cornell University, before working for Agway Energy Products for 43 years.
On Jan. 28, 1961, Dick married Patricia Ann Mills, and during his career they moved to a dozen locations.
During that time Dick enjoyed volunteering and a life of service.
He volunteered for the Boy Scouts; was Explorer Advisor, and President of the PTA while in Vestal, N.Y. He was a baseball coach for the Boys Club in Endicott, NY. He also served on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts in Honesdale, PA.
Dick was a past member of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs in multiple locations. He was active in local and Mercer County politics, serving as treasurer and chair of the election committee; and served as the Chair of Jefferson Township Supervisors for 20 years. Richard also served on the Council of Government for 20 years, many years as President. He also served as President of Mercer Co. Assoc. Of Township Officials, and on the Storage Tank Advisory Comm. for DEP in Harrisburg, PA. He also volunteered at Sharon Regional in the pulmonary rehabilitation to help others that went through lung reduction surgery.
No matter where he lived, he cheered for his much-loved Buffalo Bills and always enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.
Dick is survived by 2 children, Jeff (Stacy) Brandes, Mercer, and Jamie Brandes of Gansevoort, NY; 5 grandchildren, Gen Brandes, Culpeper, VA; Gillian Brandes, Stuart's Draft, VA; Morgan (Matt) Varney, Philadelphia, PA; Paige Rosenberger, Philadelphia, PA; Mitchell Rosenberger, Gansevoort, NY; and one great-grandson, Hudson Varney.
Dick is also survived by 2 sisters, Betty Gallman, Bradford, PA; and Judy (Richard)Reuning, Columbus, OH; sister-in-law Connie Brandes, Wellsville, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his wife "Trish", parents, his brothers, Joseph and Robert and brother in-law Al.
Memorial contributions made to the Jefferson Township Fire Department would be appreciated.
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