Austin Toms Brandenburg

Born: Thu., Sep. 5, 1918
Died: Fri., Mar. 30, 2018


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Apr. 04, 2018
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Apr. 04, 2018
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


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Mr. Austin Toms Brandenburg, well-known local TV repairman and antenna specialist, of Myersville, died Friday, March 30, 2018, at Vindobona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 99.
    
Born Sept. 5, 1918, he was the son of the late Vada C. Toms and Oscar C. Brandenburg. He completed Myersville public school in 1931, and was one of the last two surviving members of the Middletown High School graduating class of 1935, where he was secretary-treasurer.,He enjoyed baseball, and in his youth was a member of the Harmony softball and Myersville baseball teams. In later years he enjoyed watching the Orioles win.
    
He spent his early years working the family farm. In the early 1950s he studied basic electronics and television, and in 1952 started a television repair and antenna installation service that continued for over half a century, often serving as many as three generations of some area families. In 2002 he marked 50 years in business, and he continued "climbing" for quite a few years past that. The occasion generated a lot of attention, with articles in area newspapers, a television spot, special citations, and inclusion in a book on 103 "super seniors" from all over the country.
    
He enjoyed helping his son rake hay, designing outdoor projects, sharing picnics in the meadow with family and friends, being a regular at the Red Byrd restaurant in Keedysville, and relaxing with his treasured cat Skeebo on his lap. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 58 years, Grace E. Rohrer Brandenburg, who died April 29, 2000. He is survived by a son, Ronald L. Brandenburg and wife Maryann, of Myersville; a daughter, Linda B. Gregory and husband Fred, of Frederick; three grandchildren, Melissa Gregory; Jeff Brandenburg and wife MaryBeth; and Kerry Allegretti and husband John; and seven great-grandchildren, Grace, Maeve, Tess, and Henry Brandenburg; and Daniel, Julia, and Ava Allegretti.
    
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 400 Main St., Myersville, prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Howell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Brandenburg's name may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 13, Myersville, MD 21773.
    
Arrangements are by Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown.

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Trish (Tetlow) Wilburn
   Posted Wed April 04, 2018
I remember this kind gentleman from my days as a waitress at Harry’s Seafood in Hagerstown. This would have been around 1975-1978 while I attended HCC. He often stopped in the Longe for a cocktail ..usually a grasshopper or pink lady. My memory is a bit fuzzy but I believe we all called him Brandy. However my memory is not fuzzy when it comes to remembering what a kind man he was! I recognized him immediately from his picture in his obituary! He touched many lives ! I am so sorry for you loss!

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