Virgil Brandon

Virgil Max Brandon, 63, lifelong Newkirk, Okla., area farmer and rancher, died unexpectedly Monday night, Feb. 3, 2020, at Alliance Health Ponca City (Okla.).

Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at First United Methodist Church of Newkirk. Burial will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery. Miller-Stahl Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Robbie Bergman, Jason Schneeberger, Kyle Engle, Travis Harris, John Leven, Gerald Boyer and Kurte Peters will serve as casket bearers.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in Mr. Brandon’s name and mailed to either Newkirk FFA Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 91, Newkirk OK 74647, or the American Diabetes Association, 5401 S. Harvard Ave., Suite 120, Tulsa, OK 74135. Please designate on the memo line of your check Virgil Brandon Memorial.

The son of Max Carman and Kathryn Ann (Gelmers) Matney Brandon, Virgil was born May 22, 1956, in Blackwell, Okla. He grew up and received his education in the Newkirk school system, graduating from Newkirk High School in 1974. While in high school, Virgil was very active in FFA, and he was a member of the 1974 National Champion FFA Dairy Judging team. After high school, he attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1978 with a degree in animal science. He helped to build the original Newkirk Youth Ag Barn in 1976, then the addition to the building that was completed in 1995.

Virgil and Nila Lou Balzer married on Aug. 12, 1977 at the First Christian Church of Newkirk. They established their first home southwest of Newkirk at his grandparents Gelmers’ farm, where they have since resided. Except for a brief time working at the Newkirk Sale Barn, Virgil has always farmed and ranched.

Virgil was a member of First Christian Church of Newkirk. He was also a member of the Newkirk Farmers Co-op Board. A member of the Kildare Volunteer Fire Department for almost 30 years, Virgil worked up the ranks to chief. He was a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, a life member of the OSU Animal Science Alumni Association, and an avid OSU fan. He was a man full of life, orneriness and love for farming, ranching and family. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face. He was once described as a farmer, rancher, volunteer firefighter, predator eradication advocate, Second Amendment proponent, husband, father, grandfather, and friend who never met a stranger. He enjoyed updating Facebook on what was happening, and he was the king of creating memes and hashtags. His family, especially grandkids, will miss his weekend donut deliveries. He left the world enjoying two of his favorite things, Diet Coke and peanut butter. Virgil had always been a staunch believer in the idea of organ donation. He succeeded in following this belief by becoming an organ donor.

He was preceded in death by  his parents, Max and Kathryn (Gelmers) Brandon; paternal grandparents, John and Ada (Gile) Brandon; maternal grandparents, John and Anna (Albers) Gelmers; and a nephew, Ross Sproul.

Virgil is survived by Nila, his wife of 42 years; his children, Charlie and Lindsey Brandon, and Kaycee Brandon, all of Newkirk, Okla.; grandchildren, Piper Ruth Brandon, Baylin Max Brandon, and Bowen Charles Brandon; his siblings, J.B. and Rosemary Matney, of Disney, Okla., and Peggy (Brandon) and Bill Sproul, of Sedan; and his brother and sister’s children, Jill (Matney) Whitbeck, Doug Matney, Nancy (Sproul) Aubel, and Raymond Sproul. He also leaves his beloved dog, Maxx, and three granddogs, Diesel, Jade, and Duke.

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