Wayne Brand

wayne brand
Wayne Leslie Brand died in his home at Seminole, Florida on Saturday, October 31, 2015 after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Wayne was born June 11, 1942 in Breckenridge, MN, the eighth of nine children to Leslie and Adela Brand.  Wayne attended school in Mooreton and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1959 where he was active in basketball, football, and bowling. From December 1959 until August 1963, Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force as a base photographer which began a lifelong interest in capturing everyday moments on film.  Following his time in the service, Wayne attended two quarters at Wahpeton State School of Science in pre-engineering, then went on to attend North Dakota State University graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Social Sciences.  He pursued graduate work in Social and Behavioral Science at NDSU until 1972. Wayne was elected Chairman of the North Dakota College Republicans in 1970 and was assistant Campaign Director for the 1972 gubernatorial race of Lieutenant Governor Richard Larsen.  Wayne co-produced and co-edited "North Dakota Decision Makers", a blue book on North Dakota government, politics, agriculture and economics.  In 1973, Wayne became Director of Admissions and Veterans Affairs at Mayville State College for 2 years. Wayne married Sandra L. Reinhart from New York Mills, MN in Fargo where they made their home and began new careers in real estate sales.  In 1984, they helped establish Real Estate Services, Inc. where Wayne served as Vice President, then President from 1985 through 1993.  Anyone buying a home from Wayne returned for his services because of his determination to help clients find their perfect home and his devotion to make a success of any sale or purchase. Wayne was active in golf, bowling, fishing and gardening while managing their real estate rental property. Wayne was an instinctive political strategist; he found nothing more interesting than a good political discussion with his pals.  He was elected Chairman of the District 45 Republican Party in 1976 where he served for 3 years.  He was the Finance Chairman for the Fargo United Republican Committee. In August 1993, Wayne and Sandi moved to Largo, FL and then on to Seminole, FL. where Wayne continued to sell real estate and enjoy entertaining and golf.  They returned to North Dakota each summer for extended visits with friends and family. Wayne was the ultimate host, enjoying cooking for his guests, and, with a smile, refilling every plate and glass.  People were drawn to Wayne's sense of humor, energy and friendship which he extended to all who touched his life.  The memories he created for us are a precious gift, but the power of his personality and smile will be dearly missed. Wayne is survived by his wife, Sandi, brothers Milton (Marge) Alpharetta, GA. and Roger (Lynda) Camarillo, CA; sisters Marlys Moellenkamp and Corrine Reber, West Fargo, ND, Janet Baker, Moorhead, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Norma Tank, brothers Elwood and Armand, niece Bonetta Brand, and nephews Jeff and Doug Brand.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to you Sandi and Wayne’s family. He fought a courageous battle with cancer but now is victorious and with his Lord. We know he will be missed.

  2. Sandi — We are so sorry for your loss. We are so grateful to Wayne for all the help he gave us 28 years ago in purchasing our first home — even helped us with financing!! May he RIP.

  3. Wayne Brand was the most awesome person I have ever met. He was just like a brother to me. I liked betting with him I never did win but was fun. Sandi his wife is the big sister I never had. They were by far the ultimate hosts. and the best of friends. Colleen

  4. My sincere sympathy to Sandi. Wayne was a wonderful person and skillful political strategist . Kindest regards, Donna Nalewaja

  5. Sandi,
    So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing on October 31st. I enjoyed golfing with him when I was in Florida and will miss that while I’m down there. My prayers are with you and his family.

  6. Sandi, I am so sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing. He definitely was a trooper in the illness battle. He was a very special guy all around. Both of you guys have been woven into my life more than once and I always looked forward to our Christmas greetings. Peace be with you both.

  7. Sandi, Roger and family: We were so sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. He was a stand-up person and will be missed by many. We are out of state and will not be able to attend his services, but wanted you to know that we will be thinking of you during this time.

  8. Sandi,
    So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was a very special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

  9. Sandi, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Wayne was my first realtor and had such a giving and wonderful spirit. I don’t think there was anything he couldn’t do. May you find peace in knowing that he is with the Lord and free of pain. Lee Ann Jensen

  10. Being one of Wayne’s “Pals’ was very special to me. I don’t have the words that adequately express
    my feelings of lose. You and Wayne were a special couple. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Special prayers to your family, may God be with you in sprit & sole, give you comfort & peace! God’s Blessings to you!

    From the Kluth Family.

  12. It has been my great pleasure spending some time with Wayne and Sandy at their home. Wayne was a true gentleman and his knowledge and advise has helped me in so many ways. My heart is sad that he has lost the battle with cancer. He was a very corageous man. Sandi, May Gods Blessings be with you and your family. Love Pat

  13. Sandi our thoughts are with you during this terrible time. We know how tough it must be and wish we could be there for the service. Wayne was such a kind and brave soul he will be truly missed in so many ways by so many people. Please know we are here for you in any way.

  14. So sorry for your loss Sandy. Wayne was a great person and we will all miss him. You and Wayne have always been such a good friend to my Mom, Margaret. Wayne always made her laugh.

  15. When the good Lord called his name, I can only hear his response as “Howdy… Wayne speaking”. My children, in their youth, dubbed Wayne as “Howdy”, based on his customary, warm greeting. Wayne & Sandi were instrumental for directing me to a rewarding career in real estate, for which I am immensely grateful. My thoughts & prayers are wtih Sandi & Waynes family at this time of great loss.

  16. Sandi, sorry for your loss. I rubbed shoulders with Wayne a few times in my life. 1st in collage, 2nd in an accident outside your house in the early 80s in which you and Wayne helped me stay calm and safe until the ambulance arrived. 3rd in real estate. I wasn’t ever close to Wayne, however, each encounter was great. Wayne was intelligent, and I enjoyed each brief visit we had. The best to you.

  17. Wayne knew that politics, and business, and life were all about one thing: caring about people. That’s why he was the best at all of them.

    Rest in peace, Pal.

  18. My deepest condolences to aunt Sandi and uncle Wayne’s families. It has been many years since I have seen you all but you will forever be family to me and I will always remember you from my childhood. Uncle Wayne was a wonderful person and I always remember his smile which made me feel good back when I was shy. Aunt Sandi please know everyone is hear for you if you ever need anything.

  19. We will always remember the great sense of humor and true compassion that made Wayne such a fun person to be around. As he would say over lengthy discussions on a variety of issues, “we’re good schmoozers” and of course, Wayne would be the one to keep those fun times rolling. We’ll miss you Wayne, but take solace in knowing that you left this world such a better place, and also knowing that we can continue to talk to you through thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences to you Sandi and please know that we’re here for you in whatever way we can be.

  20. Our condolences to you and the family. I’m sorry we couldn’t be there we are in Arizona and we couldn’t find any good flights coming home. We will definitely have to get together one day and talk over old times.

  21. The friend and neighbor we were so lucky to have. The smile and joy he brought to the neighborhood. Will miss seeing Wayne and Phil sitting outside your house with their wine. You two had the happy glow when you were together, we will continue to see it through your eyes. He fought hard he fought long never complaing always his smile to light up the room. He will give you strength to get through this time in life he is with you and will be always. We are here for you anytime any day. We are better people having had you both next door, we will continue because Wayne would want it that. Muriel and Phil

  22. Wayne was one of the most caring and thoughtful people that we have been privileged to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sand and Wayne’s family.

  23. Such a well-lived life in all the ways which are most important- a person so loved and admired. As a wonderful uncle, Wayne helped the very many of us by making us feel important and cared for, always with a sense of humor that made us see such a fun side of life. We are privileged to have had him in our lives and will always feel his presence. Thanks for everything, Wayne, and for giving us Sandi to love. Try to save a place for us if you can!

  24. Sandy and the Brand family. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time for you. Wayne is at rest with God and surely now is one of the Angels who will look after his loved ones. May God be with all of you. With love. Carolyn and Gerry.

  25. Sandi,

    I am so very sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dotti Porath

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