Donald C. Brands

Donald C. Brands, age 64 of Oak Brook. Beloved husband of Candy Brands, nee Skrha; brother of Marian (Don) Meinheit and Ed (Pat) Brands; brother in law of Sherry (Tom) Pfaender; uncle of Janet Meinheit, Lara (Phil) Miller, Steve (Andie) Brands, Laura (Christophe) Leulier, Lauren (Mark) Felton, Bryan (Jaime Welfelt) Pfaender; great uncle to many. A Celebration of Life will be held at La Barra Restaurant on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. Interment Private. Memorials appreciated to the John Ritter Research Program for Aortic Aneurysm, UT Health, Office of Development, P.O. Box 132, Houston, TX 77251-132. Arrangements by Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield, IL 60513. Information at 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Karen and Tom Simon condolence:

    Candy, and family, we are so. Sorry to hear about Donald. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

  2. John and Lynn Maloney condolence:

    Candy, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    Don was a great man and I appreciated his friendship for more than 30 years. He will truly be missed.

  3. Ken and Cindy Vander Wal condolence:

    Candy and extended family,
    We are still in shock that Don has passed away. We are thinking of you constantly, and praying that God will give you the peace and comfort that you need during this time. He will be missed – We already miss not seeing him when we drive by your home.

  4. Bill Mallet, condolence:

    Saddened by the loss of my close friend Don Brands.. words can not express the loss of a really good guy. May God bless his soul… Bill Mallet

  5. Ken Farrish condolence:

    On behalf of the Atlas Roofing family our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s family.

  6. Jill and Rich LaBardi condolence:

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Candy, and your family. We will truly miss Don, his wave, greeting and friendly nature. Praying that in time God will give you His peace, which passes all human understanding.

  7. Mary and Bill Scheidt condolence:

    I will miss my partner and good buddy of many years. Candy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

  8. Chief James Kruger condolence:

    On behalf of the Oak Brook Police Department I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Brands Family. We appreciate the opportunity to have gotten to know Don through our Citizen’s Police Academy.

  9. Audrey & Sharon Kowalczyk condolence:

    We were both so Blessed to have known such a Wonderful Man.
    Candy, you and Don showed us so much kindness & love To us and our family.
    God Bless Don, and May he Rest In Peace.
    You are in our prayers.

  10. James Pehta condolence:

    Deepest sympathy to your entire family in this time of grief. Don was a very special person who cared about others and served his community in many ways.

    Jim Pehta
    Midwest Chase
    HOA President

  11. Rohan and Merle Phillips condolence:

    Candy, our deepest sympathies to you and the family. We are very saddened and shocked by Don’s passing. We will miss his friendship, humor and fellowship that we shared together almost every day as neighbors.

  12. Sharon and Rich Knitter condolence:

    We will miss his smiling face and funny lines. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  13. Jim, Kathy and Edward Carson condolence:

    Candy and family, We send our condolences and prayers to you and your family. Don will be missed by all of us but will always be in our hearts. He is someone you can never forget. You now have a special angel looking after you and hopefully the rest of us.

  14. Gopal Lalmalani condolence:

    On behalf of the Village of Oak Brook, our heartfelt condolences to the Brands family. Certainly an untimely loss. The village will observe a moment of silence at its next board meeting. Our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones he left behind.

  15. Louise Adcox condolence:

    My condolences to Candy & family for their loss. May God you you strength through this very difficult time. Don always brought a smile to our faces at the office when he visited, especially when he brought us a surprise from Weber’s Bakery. He was a very outgoing & thoughtful man. May his memory forever be in our hearts.

  16. Krystyna, Stas, and Chris Kosior condolence:

    We are so sorry to hear about Don. Don was an amazing man and will be terribly missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  17. Laura Picerno condolence:

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My prayers for all the family. Take care of yourself Candy.

  18. Joe & Terri Balice condolence:

    Dearest Candy and family or thoughts and prayers are with you. He was loved admired and respected by all. We will miss him. Rest in peace along with our loved ones.

  19. Diane Horvat condolence:

    Candy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Don passing away. May God be with you during this time and comfort you.

  20. Steve Smith condolence:

    Hi Candy,
    I hope you get this message as we have never met. I wish we had. He always spoke highly of you. I was one of Don’s fellow salesmen. Don was a great guy as you know and a great friend. There were many a convention or sales meeting that he and I would get to laughing so hard both of us would have tears running down our face. I liked Don a lot and I will really miss him.

    May you be comforted in your loss by your friends and family and strengthened by your faith in God.
    God bless and keep you,
    Steve Smith

  21. Nancy and Wayne Pritzel condolence:

    Don’s passing was a shock as he seemed to be making progress. We will always remember him riding around on his red riding mower! Our prayers for both of you.

  22. Erwin and Soledad Jimenez condolence:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Don was a great neighbor and friend, always friendly and welcoming, he will be missed.
    May God be with you and your family during this time.
    Erwin and Soledad

  23. Jerry and Linda McInerney condolence:

    Candy and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of Don,s passing. Our prayers and condolences to all.

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