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Kenneth L. Brammer peacefully went to his heavenly home on Dec. 17, 2017, after a brief illness, surrounded by his children. He was 93 years old.
Ken was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Sabetha, Kansas, to Ernest and Myrtle (Hamilton) Brammer.
Ken graduated from Knightstown High School in 1942.
In 1952, he received his bachelor of science degree from Ball State Teachers College and his master's degree in education in 1958.
Ken was a classroom teacher of math and industrial education for 14 years and supervisor/administrator in education for 26 years. He retired from Anderson Community Schools on June 30, 1992, as director of Vocational & Adult Education. Ken previously taught in Liberty, Richmond and New Castle. Ken was best known as supervisor of Adult Apprenticeship Training for more than 23 years.
Ken was a 50-year member of the Optimist Club International and currently a member of the Anderson Noon Optimist Club.
He held several offices in Optimist International before serving as Indiana State Governor in 1981. Throughout his career, he received several awards and accolades.
After graduating from high school, he joined the Army Air Corps and began training with the 4th Air Force. In March of 1944, he joined the 474th fighter Group and served as rank of sergeant as a P-38 mechanic and crew chief stationed in Europe.
The 474th fighter group participated in six major campaigns including D-Day in Normandy, Central Europe, Northern France, Air Offense over Europe, Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland. Although he received many wartime honors, medals and ribbons he felt the heroes of the 474th fighter group were those who gave their lives in combat during World War II for the freedom of others. Yearly on Veterans Day, he refused the free benefits saying that his true gift was to be allowed to come home while several fellow service men did not.
Ken was married to Jacqueline (Jackie) Campbell on Dec. 18, 1948. She preceded him in death in July 2007. Together they raised four children.
Ken enjoyed watching NASCAR, Indy car races, college basketball and the Pacers, but most of all eating a tenderloin at the Bank Restaurant in Pendleton.
Dad was still a current member of 474th, American Legion Post 127, Veteran of Foreign Wars 266 and former member of Toastmasters Club. He also was past president and current member of the Madison County Retired Teachers Association. Ken was also a member of the New Horizons United Methodist Church of Anderson.
Ken is survived by his children, Tamera Montgomery of Greenwood, Sonya Nodine-McCain (Mike) of Anderson, Phillip (Lori) Brammer of Davison, Michigan, and Garry (Robin) Brammer of Pendleton; grandchildren, Robert (Laura) Montgomery of Indianapolis, Chris (Kari) Nodine of Pendleton, Megan (Mike) White of Anderson, Kortney and Kylie Carey of Moore, Oklahoma, Zac Brammer of Davison, Michigan, and Nick Murphy and Kyle (Tiffany) Lackey of Maryland; great-grandchildren, Lucas Montgomery of Indianapolis and Joshua Nodine of Pendleton; great-great-grandchildren, Morgan Lea White and Naomi Lackey; sister, Jewel Collins of Fort Wayne; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jacqueline; and brothers, Alvie and Melvie Brammer.
The family wishes to thank the following: Dr. Robert Anderson, the nursing staff of St. Vincent's 5th floor, and the incredible staff of Fall Creek Retirement Village.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory, Anderson.
A funeral ceremony will follow on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Holdzkom officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Emergency Ambulance, P.O. Box 265, Pendleton, IN 46064 or Anderson Noon Optimist Club, 4882 E. Ind. 236, Middletown, IN 47356.
Online condolences: www.brownbutzdiedring.com
Published on December 18, 2017
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