Obituary: Delbert Eugene Brandley

March 22, 1952 ~ November 14, 2020

Delbert Eugene Brandley, 68, of Brussels, Wisconsin, died on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

He was born March 22, 1952 in Sterling, Kansas, son of the late Gorman Duri and Theda Ellen (Elliott) Brandley. He grew up on the 600 acre family farm that was homesteaded by his grandfather. Del graduated from Sterling High School with the Class of 1970 before attending Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. First, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics before continuing his education to later receive a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. With his degree, Del began his career at Honeywell International as an electrical engineer. He switched companies for seven years and worked at JC Air before returning to Honeywell until his retirement in 2011. Del had an innovative mind and was able to obtain four patents, which could’ve been five, had the government not intercepted one to use for military purposes. He was a very generous and caring man; he initiated the Delbert E. Brandley Foundation and donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Feeding America, Public TV and Radio, Drumm Farm Center for Children, Living Water International, the ALS Association, and many more. While working at Honeywell, he met the love of his life, Lynn Hails, and they began their life together. In 2011, the couple retired to Door County, Wisconsin. Del enjoyed golfing, working with antennas, and tagging along in a car for motorcycles rides with his buddies. Although he was a well-established, hardworking man, he relished in time spent with his grandchildren. One would be truly blessed to have their life intersect with Del’s and he will be missed beyond measure.

Del’s memory will live on in the hearts of his soulmate, Lynn Hails; step-sons, Charles (Christine) Hails of Gardner, Kansas and Joshua (Andria) Hails of Belton, Missouri; grandchildren, Aaron, Katelynn, and Easton Hails; siblings, Michael Duri (Okhee) Brandley, Linda Ellen (Richard) Kelly, and twin sister, Teresa Elaine (Greg) Fiorentino.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gorman and Theda Brandley.

Del will be laid to rest with his parents in Matfield Green Cemetery in Matfield, Kansas. In honor of Del, memorial donations can be made in his name to the Kansas State University Electrical Engineer Scholarship Fund.

Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting Del’s family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Del may be shared with his family through his tribute page at