Charles Waddel Brandes


Born November 28, 1942 in Bellville, Texas. He died peacefully at his home in Sealy on Monday, May 9th, 2016 following a very lengthy illness. 

Preceded in death by parents, Lillie Schubert Brandes and Charles William Brandes.

Survived by his wife, Barbara, of 40 years, his children Tracey O’Neil and husband Jim, Mason Brandes and fiancée Angela Leschper, Stacy Brandes and wife Kaarin, Darren Brandes and wife Cindy, Benn Copeland, Trey Copeland and wife, Aimee. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tyler Mazac, Jenna, Jamie and Mandie O’Neil, Ashley Aguilar and husband David, Charles Mason Brandes, Jr., Leah Brandes, Sydney and Joshua Brandes, Jarrett and Grayson Brandes, Hunter and Kaden Thielemann, Claire, Grace and Ethan Copeland, Eva Copeland; great-granddaughters Brooklyn, Liliana and Madison Aguilar. He is also survived by his sister Carol Ray and her husband Gary, his brothers Jack Brandes and his wife Sharon and Bruce Brandes and his wife Jackie, as well as various nieces and nephews.

Waddel attended Peters Hacienda Elementary School in the Peters Community; graduated from Sealy High School and then Blinn College. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and First United Methodist Church in Sealy where he held numerous offices and served on its Board and Methodist Men’s Club. He served on the Board of Directors for the Austin County Water Supply Corporation and was active in Woodman Life and Sons of Herman.

Waddel loved dancing with his loving wife, Barbara, along with all the many friendships they cherish as members of the Sealy Dance Club. 

His careers included cattle artificial insemination, insurance sales, Bell Telephone Company, construction, bar/dance hall owner, oil & gas exploration and production, ACSI Fiber Optics, land development, real estate and ranching.


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