Shelby Neil Brandt
Shelby Neil Brandt, my loving husband, wonderful father, great grandpa, and friend of many went to be with his Lord on Aug. 6. Shelby was born in California in 1949, and moved to Missouri in 1975. He was the proud father of Stoney, who is married to Amber and father of Trevor, Jamin and Brooklyn. His second son, Chase, is married to Kim and is the father of Chaden and Sydnee. He is also the father of T.J., who preceded him in death in 1995. T.J. is the father of Trynce, which Shelby and I had the honor of raising. Shelby had many other children and adults that referred to him as "Papaw" and he loved every one of them.
Shelby loved people and loved telling people about his Lord. He had the heart of a servant and proved that as he drove a school bus for 17 years and substituted for the Nevada schools, in his jail ministry, and in his ministry as assistant pastor at Pentecostal Assembly. He knew no stranger and he loved to honor veterans by picking up their tickets at restaurants and stopping to help families that were stranded by the road. He always had time to talk on the phone or make visits to those in need. His heart was enlarged by the love that God gave him for others. He loved his sons and was there for them whenever they needed something or even thought they needed something. He was so proud of his grandchildren and they loved being with him.
He loved riding motorcycles with his son, Stoney, whenever time allowed and he and his sons and grandsons made many memories as they traveled many miles on bikes together. When he needed anything done around the house Chase was the one he called on. His granddaughters loved the old RV he bought and fixed up for them and they would go to the lake enjoying every minute.
Shelby was all about enjoying life to its fullest. He had a wonderful relationship with the Lord and knew every day was a blessing and he treated them as such. As for me, being his wife was one of the greatest blessings God has ever given me. He loved me and cared for me with all of his heart. I didn't know his time would come to an end so soon, but I cherish all the memories I have of our 44 years married and our four years that we dated before that. God has blessed us both with good health, a wonderful family, and time. Time that we spent doing what God led us to do and time loving and caring for what we had. I can't go back and change what happened last Wednesday night, but I along with my family will go forward in the strength that God gives us and try our best to carry on with the ministry that Shelby started by being witnesses to those we come in contact with.
We are looking forward to our next reunion when we will again be with the man that was such an important part of our life, Shelby Brandt. We have all been changed by his leaving, but his life will forever be an inspiration in our hearts and lives.
Shelby is now rejoicing with his Savior; his son, T.J; his parents, Donald and Alice; his father and mother-in-law, A.D. and Elveta Hawes; and the many friends, fellow Marines and loved ones that he knew.
Words can't express how much he will be missed and the hole that will be left in our lives.
Thank you Shelby and I hope your crown isn't too heavy with all those jewels you've earned.
To everyone that had a part in Shelby's life along the way I'm sure he would want to thank you for your prayers, help, words of encouragement, and most of all your love.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Pentecostal Assembly Church, in Nevada. The family will receive friends Monday, Aug. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the church. Friends may call from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.
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