Brant, Richard R. Of Leland, MI, formerly of Elgin, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013. He was born in 1934 in Cincinnati, OH to Albert and Alice Brant. Dick graduated from Elgin High School and then DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and on the football team. Dick served in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain during the Korean War. He worked as a marketing manager in telecommunications and spent his career working with AT&T, where he earned three U.S. patents. He was a member of the Elgin and Suttons Bay, MI Rotary Clubs and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the board of Elgin Community College for three years and on the board of the Leelanau Conservancy for nine years. He was also on the finance committee at Leland Methodist Church. Dick enjoyed football and golf. He studied the game of golf as a caddie and carried the bag for Sam Sneed. As a golfer, Dick earned eleven trophies. Dick is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 58 years, Helen Baukin Brant. He is also survived by his two sons, Mark (Tracy) Brant of Bay Village, OH, Eric (Kim) Brant of Leland; his brother, Alan (Nancy) Brant of Warren, OH; his grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Brant; and his nieces. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Kristen Brant Hawkins. A memorial service will be held at 1:30, Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Leland Methodist Church, 106 N. Fourth Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Leelanau Conservancy, P.O. Box 1007 Leland, MI 49654.
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Published in Courier News on May 24, 2013