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Brandmeyer BrianBrian Brandmeyer    A rural Germantown man was killed early Sunday morning following a side-by-side accident near his home.
    According to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Brian G. Brandmeyer, 50, driving a 2017 Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility task vehicle (UTV), was last seen at a clubhouse when he left to go home on Woodlane Road, north of Monterey Road, in Germantown.
    A passerby in another UTV side-by-side, who was northbound on Woodlane Road, did not witness the accident, but saw Brandmeyer’s UTV flipped over in the road on top of Brandmeyer and called 911.
    The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department received the call at 1:41 a.m.
    The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Germantown Fire Department and Breese EMS all responded to the scene, where Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss pronounced Brandmeyer deceased at the scene at 2:33 a.m.
    Moss said Brandmeyer died as a result of head and chest trauma. No passengers were in the side-by-side with Brandmeyer.
    Brandmeyer is the son of Ralph “Rudy” and Patricia (Luitjohan) Brandmeyer. He married Mary Ann Penney on Aug. 17, 1991 at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville and she survives in Germantown. 
    In addition to his wife he is survived by his children, Scott (Teresa) Brandmeyer of Damiansville, and Mikaela (Jacob Bickline) Brandmeyer; a granddaughter, Prestyn Brandmeyer; his mother, Patricia Brandmeyer of Damiansville; his mother-in-law, Audrey Penney of DeSmet, South Dakota; his siblings, Roger (Mary) Brandmeyer and Anita (Jerry) Arentsen all of Damiansville, Doris (Myron) Thole and Lisa (Duane) Niemeyer all of Aviston, Brenda (Rusty) Lappe of Breese, and Judy (Rob) Savant and Alan (Melissa) Brandmeyer all of Edwardsville; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ron and Jeanne Penney of DeSmet, South Dakota, and Jeff and Diana Penney of Billings, Montana.
    Brian was a maintenance supervisor for Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate in Belleville and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of St. Damian Parish in Damiansville and the Sons of the American Legion. Brian loved deer hunting, but above all, he devoted his time to family, friends, and being a grandpa.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 8 until 9:45 a.m. at St. Damian Catholic Church in Damiansville. 
    A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 at St. Damian Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Damian Cemetery in Damiansville. 
    Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and will be received at the church or Nordike Funeral Home, 15 E. Hanover St., New Baden, IL 62265 who is serving the family. 
    Full obituary information can be found on page 5A.

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