Norman Brammell

Funeral service for Norman Wyatt Brammell, 80, Lawrence will be held 11 am Thursday April, 19, 2012 at First United Methodist Church.  Burial with Military Honors follow at Ozawkie Cemetery.  Mr. Brammell died April 13, 2012 with grace and dignity after fighting a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

He was born on February 15, 1932 in Ozawkie, KS the son of Guy Henry and Bessie Emma (Johnson) Brammell. 

Norman served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean War.  He also was a K-9 trainer.   

Norman received his MA in Education and Business from Emporia State University.  He taught in Meriden and Horton, but the main part of his teaching career was at Wellsville High School for 27 years (1966-1993).  He enjoyed his summers painting houses with two friends.   Norman was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence and the Dorsey Liberty Post #14, American Legion. 

He married Marjorie Ann Swoyer on July 1, 1959 in Oskaloosa, KS.  She survives of the home. 

Other survivors include two daughters, Marianne Brammell Lyon (Larry) Chaska, MN and Sonja Lynn Merino-Brammell (Fred) Olathe; 5 grandchildren, April, Lauren, Trevor, David, and Nicolas.  He was the 11th of 12 children, Max Brammell, Angie Curtis, Florene Johnson, Madene Schiable are surviving.  He was preceded in death by 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

The family will greet friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to National Parkinson Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  

25 Condolences

  1. Jeannine Crum on April 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Norman’s death. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Beverly Rieger on April 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Norman – he will be missed by all. I did tell Mom and showed her his picture. I believe she understood what I was telling her. I am scheduled to work the day of the funeral, but am going to try to trade with someone so that I can come. The Lord is certainly standing by you through this loss. Love to you all, Jim and Bev

  3. Gene & Fay Cook on April 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    So sorry & saddened to hear of Norman’s death. We both so enjoyed our vists at the Army Reunions. Know that our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  4. Paula Warren on April 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always enjoyed Mr. Brammell as a teacher. He taught so many of us to type. Who would ever guess in the 70’s, how vital typing would become to our everyday life! Mr. Brammell had the patience of St. Job with us all. I remember him fondly, as I do your whole family. With sympathy Paula Warren, WHS 1977

  5. Sandy Main on April 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Norman’s passing. He was such a great teacher. His silence spoke volumes and his respect was earned by hard work. He was one of my favorite teachers. My heart goes out to your family. May he rest in peace.


  6. Tim Trickel on April 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    So sorry to hear about Normans passing, He was a fine man and I admired him greatly. May god, give you strength through this time of sorrow. Tim

  7. Kathy (Blume) Houchin on April 15, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I am so sorry to read that one of my favorite teachers from Wellsville has passed away from Parkinson’s Disease. My father also passed from this terrible disease 3 years ago. I really enjoyed Mr. Brammel’s class! Your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!!!

  8. Ann Ragland on April 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face. He was such a wonderful man, husband, father and uncle. We will always remember his love of life and great dry wit. He could have me stitches with a one sentence comment. When I think of Uncle Norman a bible verse always come to my mind, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” He lived this verse and we will never forget him.

  9. Brenda Bogle Skiles on April 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

    So sorry. Mr Brammell was a very nice man. We send our sympathies.

  10. Teresa (Fort) Chancellor on April 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I was so sorry to hear that Mr. B. passed away. He was one of my favorite teachers at WHS. I have thought of him often over the last 20 something years since I graduated. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless!!

  11. verna and bob pierson on April 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Marjorie, I just wanted to make sure you know that we have read Norman’obituary and to say again that you and the girls are very much a part of our prayers. Norman was a special person and will be missed greatly. Verna

  12. A.K. & Charlene Winter on April 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Our prayers are with you and your family. Our Condolences.

  13. Ron and Sandra (Sands) Kleier on April 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Ron and I both had Mr Brammell in typing and FBLA at Wellsville. We loved him dearly. We think about him each time we type. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  14. Donna Fenlaw (Ferrguson) on April 16, 2012 at 12:26 am

    May GOD be with you in your time of need. He will be greatly missed by Wellsville High School students that he taught. My prayers are with you and your family. God will give you the strength to go on.

  15. Donna Schamle Arnold on April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Brammell family. Mr Brammell was a wonderful teacher and touched the lives of many people. It brings a smile to my face when I think of Mr B and all the typing tests we took in class! May he rest in peace.

  16. Janet Bradbury Blankenship on April 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I also am a former student of Mr. Brammel’s from Wellsville. He was such a wonderful teacher; always smiling and very tolerant of silly high school antics! But the end results were that he taught me and everyone else invaluable skill sets needed in all of our professions. I offer my sincere condolences to his whole family.

  17. Roxy Cramer on April 16, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Mrs. B., Sonja, Marianne, and family — I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and a great man. May he rest in peace.

  18. Sandi (Langewisch) Lauersdorf on April 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Brammell’s passing. Mr. Brammell was my teacher, as well. Never, when I was in his classes, did I imagine that I would be supporting myself and my family with the skills he so patiently taught me. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP Mr. Brammell.

  19. rodney& midge casselman on April 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    when we lost are son the whole family helped us with our 6mo. old daughter we were neigbors and church members at the time,was very good friends.sorry for their loss.

  20. Kimberly LeRoy on April 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Mr. Brammell was a teacher and mentor as I learned to type and because of him I can say have the skills to also support my family and the proficiency that he instilled in class each day. I am deeply saddened to hear someone so wonderful is gone from our world. Please know each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Tina England Storey on April 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Sorry to hear about Mr.B!! May he rest in peace! My thoughts are with his family.

  22. Lorrie Glass Coffman on April 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. And have comfort during this transition knowing that besides being a wonderful husband, dad and friend, Mr. Brammell was a terrific teacher who touched more lives than most! He was one of a kind! I know he’ll be missed greatly!

  23. Carolyn & Phil on April 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Uncle Norman…all that is good. I fondly remember his Christmas visit to us after the Korean War–he was home and safe. As an impressionable 11-year-old, he was the perfect GI and it was his face on all those posters with Uncle Sam. Uncle Norman’s quick and quiet humor made him such fun to be around, and his deep conviction to faith and family made him a man to be respected, admired and emulated. He faced Parkinson’s with grace–his faith and love of life conquering any self-pity, a smile always on his face. I never told him (shame on me) how much I admired his grit and determination to make the best of what he was dealt. He will always be my role model. Aunt Marjorie, Marianne and Sonja, we know that God will watch over you and give you strength to turn tears into everlasting memories. We’re sending you our love and prayers.

  24. Marlene Bush on April 20, 2012 at 8:01 am

    My Uncle Norman was a person with a postive attitude during his adverse health problems and all through his adult life. I admired his tenacity to face life’s challenges with dignity and honor.

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