DOWNEY - Robert Earl Brander, known to family and friends as Bob, was born in Flint, Mich., on Aug. 4, 1925 to Bruce and Lenora, and passed away Oct. 11 at home in Downey at the age of 85.Brander enjoyed building and fixing things, and remodeled his house, rebuilt car engines, and built recumbent bicycles and boats. He also traveled, rode motorcycles and dune buggies, and sailed. He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dan Staples; adopted daughter, Mary Rose; grandchildren, Carrie, Cyndi and Tim; and other family, friends and neighbors. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jo Ann. Services were held Oct. 19 at St. Gertrude's Catholic Church in Bell Gardens. Interment with military honors took place at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donation in Brander's memory to the American Cancer Society.
********** Published: October 21, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 27