Dr. Charles Lawrence Brandenburg, Jr.

  • Born: January 29, 1927
  • Died: October 16, 2018
  • Location: Rising Sun, Maryland

R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A.

111 S. Queen Street
P.O. Box 248
Rising Sun, MD 21911

Tel. (410) 658-6030

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Larry by adding your memories and photos.

Dr. Charles Lawrence Brandenburg, Jr. ("Larry") age 91, of Rising Sun, MD departed from this life peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born on January 29, 1927 in Essex, MD to the late Charles Lawrence Brandenburg, Sr. and Martha Ellen (Brawner) Brandenburg.

Larry graduated from Kenwood High School in Essex, MD and went on to attend Washington College in Chestertown, MD. He later attended the University of Maryland Dental School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Larry was active with several organizations throughout his life; serving a President of the Harford-Cecil Dental Association in 1965, the Cecil Co. Board of Education in 1970, President of the Maryland State Dental Association in 1976 and the Union Hospital staff of 48 years to name a few.

Larry practiced dentistry in Rising Sun, MD from 1956 to 2014. He often made mention that dentistry had brought many opportunities into his life. He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Forest Hill, MD. He spent 30 years in the mission field as a volunteer in dentistry where he worked with many organizations and traveled to many countries. Some countries that he was particularly proud to work in were: Central America, South America, Africa, Romania, Israel, Madagascar, Mongolia and India.

Larry found joy in flying which lead him to obtain a private airplane license, commercial license and instrument license.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Brandenburg; three daughters: Mary Jane Rogers (Robert), Judith Ann Clark and Elizabeth Ann Arehart (David); three sons: Robert E. Lee Brandenburg, Charles Lawrence Brandenburg III (Carla) and Paul Clinton Brandenburg; fifteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; three sisters: Geraldine Baumgardner, Helen Bullington and Evelyn Ford; and brother, Jesse Brandenburg.

At the family's request, services were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to "Advent Lutheran Church" and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., P.O. Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send online condolences, please visit www.rtfoard.com.


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Posted by Ronald Frazier - Elkton, MD   October 30, 2018

Condolences to the Brandenburg family. He was a good friend and our family dentist when I was growing up in North East, Maryland.
Elsa Bonstein (daughter of Elvi and Arvo Latomaa)

Posted by Elsa Bonstein - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Family Friend   October 26, 2018

Condolences to Doc's wife and family. He a good friend and mentor. IF always tell the story of my gold tooth that he showed to everyone when at Lion Club meetings.

Posted by Jor Brown - Elkton, MD - Friend   October 25, 2018

Sorry for your loss.....Dr. was very kind to me letting me fly with him. Thoughts and Prayers from the Lockhart Family

Posted by Brian Lockhart - Gainesville, FL - Friend   October 24, 2018

To know Doc Brandenburg was to get a glimpse of Jesus power under control. Though relatively small in stature, Doc Brandenburg was a giant among men. He was an extremely confident professional, yet possessing a gregarious blue-collar-like down home personality, who was generously caring of countless people. When blessed with his presence one-on-one, Doc made you feel like the most important person in his life during your sacred time together. He enjoyed life in the present while being grateful for his rich and storied past. Being the eternal optimist, Doc always remained hopeful of a favorable future, especially for everyone who would give life and The Giver of Life their best shot.

I was blessed to come into the life of Doc's wonderful family through his namesake and only child of six who followed his father's footsteps into a professional life of dentistry Dr. Charles Lawrence (Larry) Brandenburg, III. Larry introduced me to Christ and the candid Brandenburg family. Because of Larry and his family, Christ became and now remains -- the central figure, Truth, and reality in my life.

I grew up in a spiritually dysfunctional family and church. Doc and his beloved wife, Libby, made our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ very real and alive for me, in exciting ways I had never experienced God and family. Through their honesty and hospitality, Doc & Lib and their six children gave me occasional scrumptious tastes, meals and smorgasbord buffets physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, educationally, socially, et cetera of a much more fulfilling and satisfying way of life. Though I had a lot to overcome, and continued to fail miserably at times, Doc and his family never gave up on me.

Because of tremendously encouraging and loving people like the Brandenburgs, I know that God will never ever give up on me. And sure enough, God has never stopped loving me; not even during the darkest hours of deep depression when I desperately wanted to give up on myself. And this assurance is true for everyone who knew Doc or, more importantly, KNOWS Jesus! To know Doc & Lib, is to know Jesus. It didn't take me long to learn that Jesus is the center of Doc & Lib's life! Doc is enjoying the rest of eternal life right now! . . . . . . . For ever and ever and ever . . . . . . .

Doc Brandenburg is flying higher than ever! He no longer needs that speedy Meyers Commander 200 single-engine, low wing airplane . . . or the trusted mechanics of the Wycliffe Bible Translators' jungle pilot missionary aircraft team for a yearly routine maintenance of his beloved Bird.

During numerous visits to the Brandenburg home --- which included Doc's well-known dental office and Libby's famous kitchen where everyone sat down at a long picnic table covered with a red and white square-patterned country tablecloth --- it was music to my ears when Doc would holler, Com' on PC! Let's go give the 'Bird' some exercise!

Following an O'dark-thirty breakfast of whole corn hominy and honey rather than ground up grits smothered with butter, the man typically worked a full day from about 5 or 6 in the morning until approximately 2pm, breaking only for a brief lunch at Libby's kitchen table. Then it was a mile run around the field in the north forty before a twenty-minute nap on the living room floor. Doc's last words to me before his pre-flight naps were always an emphatic, Don't forget to wake me up, PC!

Next thing you know, we're in Doc's old jeep, buzzing to the grass-strip airport affectionately known as Farmington International. I'm guessing that the International moniker for this small countryside airport has a lot to do with Doc & Lib's many medical missionary flights to foreign countries. Speedy shepherding dogs would chase the fast-moving wheels of Doc's jeep as he raced to the hangar. In spite of my trepidation for these fearless dogs, Doc never flinched. Amazingly, his jeep didn't hit one of those dogs! Jumping out of the jeep, Doc would soon be checking the quality and quantity of fuel in his faithful Bird. After systematically following all of the Standard Operating Procedures, Doc always shouted out a short but sincere prayer over the noise of the engine. Swiftly bouncing down the uneven runway, Doc briefly awaited my reaction as we barely missed the trees, electric and telephone wires shortly after take-off. Whew-whee!!

On one particularly cold and partly cloudy day, we experienced a close call. Unbeknownst to us, ice densely covered the wings as Doc playfully flew the plane like a fighter pilot, darting in and out of patchy clouds while rapidly increasing the altitude of the plane. Once acutely aware of the heaviness of the wings due to the accumulation of ice, Doc hollered out to Jesus, commanding the angels to DE-ice the wings! Then the engine stalled. As the plane began to glide and the ice on the wings began to melt during our descent, the engine finally started after Doc's relentless attempts. I caught my breath while Doc radioed a tower in Baltimore with the good news, his speech coming out faster and harder to understand than usual. Once we were safely back on course for Waxhaw, NC (home of those trusted Wycliffe aircraft mechanics), Doc turned his face in the direction of my deer in the headlights facial expression, calmly instructing me, Don't tell Libby.

Respectfully, I didn't tell Libby . . . until nearly forty years later! After telling this story in front of Doc & Lib during a family reunion inside the home of their dentist son & beloved daughter-in-law, Larry & Carla, we all enjoyed a good laugh, especially Doc with his notorious deep and drawn-out laugh that makes the rest of us keep on laughing!

Thank God for the countless memories and smiles because of Doc Brandenburg!! :)

Posted by Paul Chaconas - Mt. Pleasant, SC   October 24, 2018

I was saddened to read the news of Dr. Brandenburg's passing. He lived such a full and wonderful life. I went to school with his youngest daughter, Liz. He was always smiling and had something nice to say to everyone he came into contact with. My prayers are with the family and I love thinking of the reward he is receiving by our Father in Heaven because of his sacrificial love and giving to others.

Posted by Christian Estep- Wright - Rising Sun, MD   October 22, 2018

Dr. Brandenburg was a wonderful dentist for three generations of our family, and we enjoyed having book discussions with him as he worked on our teeth! He was an icon of Rising Sun. He cared. Thinking of your family at this sad time. He will be missed. Betsy (Johnson) Freese and Phil and Ruth Ann (Ewing) Johnson family

Posted by Betsy Freese - IA - Friend   October 21, 2018

Dr. Brandenburg and the entire Brandenburg clan played a huge role in our family life. We love the entire family and have so many wonderful memories of gathering together, hanging out in the Brandenburg kitchen, and sharing stories and games together. We send our deepest sympathy as you remember Larry. He was quite a force and I will always think of him riding around town in his jeep with a huge smile on his face. Thank you for sharing Larry with us and thank you for the countless ways in which your family supported and celebrated life with our family. With love and sympathy, Betsy Taylor

Posted by Betsy Taylor - Takoma Park, MD - Friend   October 20, 2018

I want to express my deepest sympathy. Based on Larry's service in building and uplifting the kingdom of God in many countries around the world. One of these, my country Ecuador. What a glorious hope that we all have, one day, we will be together with our Almighty Lord and Savior in heaven

Posted by Tere Rodriguez - Houston, TX   October 19, 2018


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