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Paul C. Brands | 88 | McKinney, Texas

Paul was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Alton, Illinois, and grew up in Grafton, Illinois.
He learned to swim, fish, and hunt at a very young age. He graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1952 and went to the Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri. In 1954 he left college to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. He retired from the Air Force after 20 years but continued to fly for Sirloin Stockade and free-lance with charters. Paul moved to McKinney, Texas in December 1999 and became active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society associated with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church until his health started to fail.
Paul passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2022, with his wife, children, and three grandchildren at his side.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Paul R. and wife, Ruby; son, Bob and wife, Flora; daughter, Barbara Carpenter and husband, Don; seven grandchildren, Jamie Brands, Heather Brands, Joseph Brands, Ryan Brands, Christopher Carpenter and wife, Ashley, children, Easton, Olivia, Emelyn, and Nolan, Michael Carpenter and wife, Kayla, children, Brandi, Chloe, and Kaylee Dauzart.
Services will be held on Sept. 12, 2022, at St. Michael Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas at 11 a.m., with a rosary starting at 10:30 a.m.
Lunch will be served in St. Rose Hall next door immediately following. The interment will be on Sept. 14, 2022, at 1 p.m. at Fort Sill National Cemetery, near Elgin, Oklahoma.
The family requests that donations be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 411 Paula Road, McKinney, Texas 75069, in lieu of flowers. To convey condolences and to sign an online registry, please visit

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