Clyde Brandenburger
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Brandenburger, Clyde S. Ret., CPD. Devoted husband of Patricia, nee Herrera, for 39 years; loving father of Dondi, Keith (Terri), and Steve (Jana); proud grandpa of Christopher and Michael Jeleniewski; Emma, Matthew, Natalie, Allie, Colin, and Carly Brandenburger; soon to be great-grandpa; cherished son of the late Clifford and Bernadine; beloved brother of Peter (Belle), and Paul (Diane); dear uncle, brother-in-law, and friend to many; proud U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, 9th Infantry Division. All Funeral Services are Private, and a Celebration of Life, in honor of Clyde, will take place at a later date; Arrangements entrusted to Curley Funeral Home, 6116 W. 111th Street, Chicago Ridge; For Funeral info 708-422-2700, or

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Mar. 24, 2020.
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April 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Clyde. Clyde and his partner Dan took me on my first ride along while I was still in the academy. Then, at our star ceremony, I had the honor of receiving my star from Clyde. That was 25 years ago but I remember like it was yesterday. A true Policeman to say the least, you will be missed.

Pete Muhney
March 28, 2020
Thank you for your service...
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March 27, 2020
In loving memory of Clyde. We will love you and miss you always.
Betty L.
March 27, 2020
My condolences to the Brandenburger family. It was a privilege to have met and known Clyde he was a hell of guy a policemans policeman old school and just downright funny and personable. You will be missed
Tom Fessett
March 27, 2020
Dear Pat and family, Im so sorry to hear about Clyde. He was a great guy and member of the Thin Blue Line. Ill never forget his laugh, he always brought a smile to my face. May God comfort you all.
Ted Macudzinski
March 26, 2020
Pat and family. Please know that you are all loved and my prayers go out for you and your family. My condolences.
Cheryl Gurtatowski
March 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 26, 2020
My condolences to the Brandenburger family...
A great man gone way too soon.
Rest easy, Clyde
John Looney
March 25, 2020
Clyde was one of the best...his family is in my prayers at this time
Bob Meliska
March 25, 2020
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Josef L Michuda
March 25, 2020
My deepest condolences to Pat and the rest of the family. I can honestly say that in my 31 yrs. on the job. Clyde was the best I ever worked with. I 1st met him when I was a recruit in 005. Years later he came to 004, needed a partner and saw that I was in a dark place mentally. He asked me to partner up and I jumped at the chance. Besides being a truly gifted policeman Clyde was a genuinely good guy. Always had time to help out another officer. He had a great sense of humor. I laughed more in a squad car than should have been allowed.
Tommy O'Connor
March 25, 2020
Had the great honor of knowing and working with Clyde in the 022nd District. Clyde loved his work and was one of the best street cops I knew. Clyde was always "heads-up" and had your back on every assignment. He also added a wonderful sense of humor and laughter to the job. But most important was his love of family...that is where his heart was always. "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Rest in peace, Clyde. You will be missed by all.
John Shaughnessy
March 25, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of Clyde, I worked with Clyde in Special Operations years ago and he was a great man, always pleasant and fun to be around. May he REST IN PEACE
Nick Stasinopoulos
March 25, 2020
Lots of good memories with Clyde! I can think of him and smile as I remember his wonderful, colorful stories! Rest in Peace, Brother! You will be missed.
Mary Milam
March 24, 2020
My friend for 40 plus years. I'l be asking God to always keep a light on for you. I will be missing our calls on Veterans Day you never forgot. Miss you pal.
Tom Mags
March 24, 2020
I first met Clyde in 1983 when I was assigned to CPD 5th District. Clyde was a cop's cop, period. He was hardworking, smart, and fun loving Chicago Police Officer who told some great war stories, from the battlefield to the streets of Chicago. Clyde was a talented officer who did not hesitate to help mentor young officers. Had some great fun on those fishing trips too!

But what I remember most is that Clyde was dedicated to his wife and children.
Rest in Peace "Clay."
Bob Rodriguez
March 24, 2020
Dear Brandenburger family,

I never had the honor of working with Clyde on the job, but know him through personal family gatherings, a class guy and true gentleman, May God continue to watch over and bless your entire family,
Chris Savickas
March 24, 2020
Chris Savickas
March 24, 2020
Clyde was a great police officer and a caring man. He was always knowledgeable and helpful to new recruits. He taught me a lot about policing. May he Rest In Peace with all our departed brothers and sisters. My thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the entire family.
Sylvia VanWitzenburg
March 24, 2020
I had the true pleasure of working with Clyde in the 004th district CPD. Clyde loved two things for sure in life his family and being an officer. There was only one Clyde Brandenburger and with that your family should be proud. Clyde thanks for leading the way in my career and many others. God bless.
Jeffrey Doig
March 24, 2020
Clyde, you and the rest of the guys were always
March 24, 2020
Dan Dixon
March 24, 2020
It is true that Clyde was a great guy. He was one of the best and bravest Police Officers I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside.

God Bless Clyde and his Family,
Joe Murphy
March 24, 2020
My sincerest condolences to Clyde's family & friends. We were CPD Buddies & Lake Erie Fishing Buddies. We looked similar & were called Twins a few times. Clyde used to tell me "IF I ever have to be in a lineup I want YOU standing next to me" I think he was hoping I would get picked instead of him! What a Joker! Clyde, I'll always remember the fun we had on our fishing trips with Mags, Dago Mike, Greco & others. You were a great cop, but even better friend. Rest in peace my friend. I will be praying for you, your family and friends. Until we meet again, I am your brother in arms, Fishing friend & Twin (so honored).
Bob Kulak
March 24, 2020
Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Clyde will be remembered at the Police Mass on Sunday, 26 APR, 11:00 a.m. at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (1140 W. Jackson Blvd.) In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: or 312/738-7588]
~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain
March 24, 2020
Pat and Family,
My condolences Clyde was a good guy.
Fred Sosinski
March 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy at this time of loss. Clyde was a great guy and an excellent police officer.
John Francis
March 24, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mary Jeleniewski
March 24, 2020
Jim and I are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.
Nancy & Jim Kennedy
March 24, 2020
Just a good guy with a good heart.Safe Home Clyde
carmen gianpetro
March 24, 2020
Pat and family, I'm so sorry. Clyde leaves all of us with such good memories of a life well led and a job well done. May he know God's peace now.
Fr Thomas Nangle, CPD chaplain retired
March 24, 2020
You know for 43 years we've been best friends, we were brothers. We had some Great times working together and on our "road" trips
You were a Great cop, friend and brother to Pete & Paul.
You and Pat raised a Great family. You took care of your Mom and Dad and Pat's Mom and Dad till the end. You did it right. Rest Easy in Heaven. I'll miss bud.
Love ya brother, Mags
M. Magliano
March 24, 2020
Some of my best days on CPD were working on a team with Clyde. A very good copper, and he knew how to laugh. He loved the job. And a Vietnam combat veteran on top of that. More important was his love for his was all for them. God Bless you Clyde, and may St. Michael welcome you into paradise.
Marty Gainer
March 24, 2020
We met each other in 7th grade and ended up being partners at the C.P.D. for 10 years. I have many great memories of our times together and stories that I still tell to this day! Rest In Peace my friend, you will be missed.
Tom Costello
March 24, 2020
Pat, please accept my condolences on the death of Clyde. I was his training officer but I think it was Clyde who was the teacher. I will miss him.
Kevin Barry
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