Issue # 117                                                                                 January, February, March 2020

​​Hypnotist/ Mentalist

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Brandon Area Community Center.
Brian Imbus

Will perform at 7:30 pm
Event for 18 and over
Tickets are $20 each. If you purchase a table of 8, we will reserve a table for your party on a first come, first serve basis.  The sooner you purchase your table the closer you will be to the stage.
To purchase/reserve your tickets, please contact Theresa Stacy 319-721-9675, Kelly Thomas 319-361-0031, Denise Lehman 319-404-8472.




Jamee and Andy Erger are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gilbert Anthony-Earl Erger.

Gib was born at 5:44 am on his father’s birthday, November 22, 2019, weighing in at 8 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.  Gib is named after his Great-great grandfather Gilbert “Gib” Wright, his father and grandfather, Andy and Dave, his grandfather Don “Tiger” Campbell and his great grandfather, Earl Erger.  

Gilbert has four older sisters, Kayleigh, Amiliah (Milee), Davennah (Vennah) and Rosaleigh (Rosey).

His grandparents are Dave and Teresa Erger, Don (Tiger) and Barb Campbell.  Great grandparents are Earl and Yvonne Erger all of the Brandon area.


Landry James McKinley son of Cliff and Samantha McKinley was born on July 17, 2019.   He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces and was 21 inches long.  Landry joins his brother Ruger age 4 and sister, Sage, age 3.

Landry’s grandparents are Tony and Mandy McKinley, Walker and Matt and Nette Kellner and Randy and Lamona Foth of Livermore.


Kyle and Stacey Mentzer are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Lena Eleanor Mentzer. She was born on December 17, 2019, weighing 8 pounds and 1 ounce and was 20.5 inches long.  Lena joins her sister Lyra. Lena’s grandparents are Scott and Cindy Mentzer, Brandon and Ruth and Doug Hundley, Rowley.  Great grandparents are Reita Cook, Urbana and Sam and Velda Mentzer, Brandon. 




Members of the Lime Creek Fish and Game club distributed holiday food bags to area residents on Saturday, December 7, 2019.


7 new members joined the club in 2019. We are pleased to have these new members in the club.


Members would like to recognize and extend a special thank you and a note of sincere appreciation to long time members Paul and Darlys Rogers. Their many years of service and dedication to the club have had a monumental impact on the success of the club’s endeavors.


Club officers are:
Chuck Lee, President

Jason Krueger, Vice President

Sherri Kavalier, Treasurer

Tammy Acuff, Secretary


Lime Creek Fish and Game Club wishes you all a prosperous New Year!




Save the date for the annual Fish Fry.  This year’s fish fry will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Brandon Area Community Center.



Brandon Historical Society hosted a Family shopping day on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Shoppers of all ages were able to do their Holiday shopping.  Volunteers helped the younger shoppers make their purchases and wrap their packages.  A lunch stand offered maid rites, hot dogs, and soups.  The Historical society would like to thank the volunteers that helped to make the day a success. 


Friday, December 6, 2019 the Historical society held a soup supper in conjunction with the Brandon Christmas Festival.  A nice crowd enjoyed the soup and sandwiches prepared by the society.

The proceeds of these fundraising events with help to finance the bank restoration project.




The Brandon Food Pantry located at the Brandon Kwik Stop/ Discount Store, distributed holiday food baskets to local citizens.  They would like to thank the any individuals and organizations that donated to the Food Pantry during the Holiday season.  All donations are greatly appreciated.




If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Marlene Brown at 319-210-1678 to obtain details on the meeting date and time.


The quilters donated a Christmas quilt to the Wreath/Basket/ Christmas auction during the Christmas Festival.  This queen size (approximately) Christmas quilt has over 600 pieces of Christmas fabric sewn in it.  The proceeds went to the Community Club for the Concession Stand Fund.




Gingerbread Workshop

The BACC held a Gingerbread House workshop on Sunday, December 1, 2019. We provided constructed gingerbread houses, candies and frosting. The 36 participants brought their imaginations.

Although the houses provided were identical, the end products were as unique and creative as the individuals that decorated them.  Many participants entered their creations in the contest held at the Christmas Festival.


Bags (Corn hole) Tournaments/BINGO

The Brandon Area Community Club is sponsoring beanbag tournaments on a monthly basis at the Brandon Area Community Center.  The event is purely for fun and entertainment, so feel free to join in and show off your tossing talents.  The cost is $5 per person with a drawing for partners.  


Dates for the upcoming tourneys: All dates start at 4:30 pm

January 12th

February 9th

March 8th

April 19th


Ages 18 & over are welcome to attend. Please bring your own refreshments and a snack to share.


On Saturday, November 9, 2019 as part as the bags tournament, a chili cook-off contest was held.

Twelve individuals entered chili to the contest.   Each chili was identified by a number.  Attendees were asked to vote on their favorite chili.   The top two chili entries won a prize. First place winner was Jazz Jasa and second place winner was Denise Lehman.  Congratulations to the two winners and a big thank you to all entries. It was a fun night.



Spring is just around the corner and that means warmer weather and ball season starts!

BACC will hold sign-up for ALL players interested in playing Baseball or Softball on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at the Brandon Area Community Center. Registration is from 1-3 pm.

The cost of registration is $20 per player. Players must buy their own uniforms.  If you absolutely cannot attend, please contact your coach from last year and make arrangements to fill out paperwork.


Parents are also required to work one day in the concession stand at a home game to help defray the cost of playing ball. If anyone in the community is willing to help out at the concession stand contact Theresa 319- 721-9675 or umpiring, please contact one of the coaches.


Concession Stand Fund

The concession stand is nearly complete with the exception of installing hand dryers in the restrooms, a few incidentals in the kitchen area and the outside landscaping.  We are still short of funds to complete these final projects. Donations can be sent to the Brandon Area Community Club, P.O. Box 163, Brandon, Iowa. 


The BACC and the City of Brandon thank each and every donor that has contributed to this fund.

We are proud of our community and they support we receive on these improvement projects. Happy New Year.






The 27th Annual Brandon Christmas Festival was held Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.


We would like to thank the Union Singers for performing at the Community Center on Saturday, December 7, 2019 


Thank you to each person that chose a child’s or senior citizen’s name from the Community Giving tree.  Five families had a brighter Christmas morning because of your generosity.


Large tree decorating contest

1st BASH- Glitter bells tree

2nd place Denise Lehman - Cowboy tree

3 way tie 3rd

Derbi Holt- Unicorn tree

Sharon Koopman - Purple tree

Mary Circle - Sheet music ornaments 


Mini tree winners

1st Deanna Abernathy-Snowman body tree

2nd Linann Lauer- Snowman head and body tree

3rd tie

Charli Sherman-Farm tree

Melinda Hunter-Elf tree


Gingerbread winners

0-6 yrs old 

1st Addison Brown

2nd Connor Fox

3rd Delaine Holt 


7-11 yrs old 

1st Aiden Stacy

2nd Kaitlyn Krum

3rd Madelyn Brown


12-17 yrs old

1st Seth Stacy

2nd Sydney Graham 

3rd Alexandra Nozal



1st Carol Zieser 

2nd Sherri Kavalier 

3rd Melinda Hunter






Town Christmas Lighting Contest

1st tie

Rod and Cindy Clark

Larry and Steph Hoefer



Karen and Jeremy Nichol


Country Lighting Contest

1st Mike Williams 


The wreath, gift basket, mini trees and other silent auction items brought in over $2500 for concession stand fund. Thank you for donating the wreaths and gift baskets.  The money raised went to the new concession stand fund. Thank you to the generous bidders!


The Brandon area community club wishes to thank everyone that donated, participated and attended the two day festivities.  Big Tree entries were Derbi Holt, Judy Albert, BASH, Denise Lehman, Myra Peyton, Sharon Koopman, Memphis Peyton and Mary Circle.


The following donated a gift basket, wreath, or other items for silent auction:

Sherri Kavalier, Calista Brunko, Jill Louvar, Charli Sherman, Dawn Phillips, Amanda Miller, Denise Cue, Melinda and Denny Hunter, Deanna Abernathey, Tammy Acuff, LinAnn Lauer,  Town and Country 4 H club, Heather Clark, Amanda and Wyatt Miller, Derbi Holt, Patrick Lehman, Michelle Thoma and Mattie, Kim Auer, Karla Nielsen, Angie McFarland, Kelly Thomas, Brandon Kwik Stop/Discount Store, TNT Fireworks, Sweet Pickins, Joyce Anderson, Lu Horak, Horak Farms, Brooke and John Long, Ashley Desloover, In the Country Garden and Gifts, Connie’s Quilters, Sydney Graham, Ali Nozal, Becca Ries, Seth Stacy, Denise Lehman, Judy Albert, Jackie Aberle, Sharon Koopman,  Louise Brown, Amy Stephens , Szyska, Phyllis Clark, Bev and Brandi Bearbower, Joan Brown, Prairie Acre Pumkins, Cuts by Us, Kim Brunko,


The following donated prizes for the raffle drawing: Brooke Long, Denise Lehman, Phyllis Clark, Matt and Jen Horak, Judy Albert, Joyce Anderson, Kim Brunko,  Kathy Boots, Sherri Kavalier, Jackie Hoffman, Lu Horak, Paul and Darlys Rogers, Holly Rosauer, Angie McFarland, Marlene Brown, Bob Bearbower, LaVon Bearbower, Shirley Wiley, Sharon Koopman, Mary Barkdoll.  We raffled 66 items, a record number.



The Brandon Area Community Club has its own website.  Please visit

and check out upcoming events and important information pertaining to our community.



Mark your calendars now. The next Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the

Brandon Area Community Center.



Several area rural residents held  “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween night at the Brandon Area Community Center.   We had very positive feedback and would like to expand on this event in 2020.






The BACC held their annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 1-3 pm.

94 children age 0- 6th grade attended.  Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for the donations to the door prizes and cost of the party. The BACC could not have such a successful event without your assistance. Each child in attendance received at least one door prize!


Donors include: Horak Farms- Matt, Jen and Lu Horak, RL Limerock Ranch- Randy and Jen Lehman,

Thomas Repair- Buddy and Kelly Thomas, Smokey Hilltop Ranch- Doug and Denise Lehman,  Acuff Logging- Greg and Tami Acuff, John and Carol Noe, BACC, Cuts by Us- Tally Aldrich and Chris Palmer, Karol Smith, Bev and Gary Bearbower, Wyatt and Amanda Miller, Prairie Acres Pumkin Patch- Jackie Hoffman, Brandon Kwik Stop/Discount Store, Jill Marie Photography- Jill Louvar, Denton Castings, Sweet Pickens and TNT Fireworks- Susie and Ty Albert/ Scott Anderson, Erger Seeds- Andy Erger,  Creating the New U- Jamee Erger, Guy and Theresa Stacy.


Costume Contest winners:

Ages 0-11 mos                                                         Kindergarten

First –William Priebe                                               First – Holden Hoffman

Second- Paisley Ruch                                           Second –Breckin Selken

Third-Wyatt Hannon                                                            Third- Alyce Freese            


Age1                                                                           First Grade                                                               

First – Simon Thoma                                               First – Jake Rogers

Second-Dale Burmeister                                        Second- Colton Gardner

Third- Hannah McGarvey                                       Third- Lyra Mentzer


Age 2                                                                          Second Grade

First – Henry Burmeister                                         First – Desire Kaufman      

Second- Delaine Holt                                             Second- Evelyn Priebe

Third-  Maggie Hannon                                           Third – Jaxson Drew                                                                                  

Age 3                                                                          Third   Grade

First – Allena Priebe                                                First – Scarlett Giroux

Second- Brynnlee Brunko                                                 Second- Madelyn Brown

Third- McKinley Hocken                                         Third-Blake Halligan


Age 4                                                                          Fourth Grade

First- Addison Brown                                              First – Cecelia Priebe

Second- Piper Nabholz                                          Second- Sophia Schuman

Third- Cayson Cook                                                Third- Maddy Chaney


Age 5 Not in Kindergarten                                     Sixth Grade (none)

First – Derbi Holt                                                      First- Langston Chaney

Second-  Leah Phillips                                           Second-  Liberty Brown

Third-                                                                          Third- Carlee Noe


Fifth Grade                                                                Group Costumes

First- Brady Schuman                                             First-  Becca & Chad Ries, Addison Brown

Second- Craig Frese                                               Second- Hilary & Myra Peyton, Denise Lehman

Third- Jon Shannon                                                           Third- James Shannon & Tucker Chaney


Thank you for our costume contest judges: Sharon Koopman, Sherri Kavalier, Dolores Novak, Kathy Boots and Haley Schumann. 


Brandon Area Community Club meetings will be held on the THIRD Monday of each Month at 7 pm at the Brandon Area Community Center.  BACC welcomes all adults to join our community club.



BACC will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. sharp.

Weather permitting it will be held at the Brandon City Park. Ages 0-12 years old.  Easter Bunny will be appearing.


Brandon Days- Aug 7, 8 and 9, 2020

Believe it or not we have started to think ahead to the next Brandon Days in August.

We are looking for ideas for the 2020 Theme.  If you have a great idea- please contact us on our BACC facebook page or call Denise 319-404-8472 or Theresa 319-721-9675.  Watch for details in future issues of Brandon Bee.


BACC awarded donation

The Brandon Area  Community Club was the recipient of a donation from the employees of BankIowa.   Employees of BankIowa participate in a  program called  “Casual for a Cause” in which they donate their own money for the privilege of wearing casual clothes to work on Fridays.  The BACC would like to thank BankIowa for including our organization in the distribution of the funds.



Our family cannot say THANK YOU enough to express our heartfelt gratitude.  How blessed we are to have the support of our families, friends, neighbors and the community.  The monetary donations and the donations of non-perishable food for the local food pantry was amazing and we feel so fortunate.  We also would like to say thank you to all that help in the preparation and serving of the meal, so we could step away and visit with everyone that joined us. We had 90 friends and family share the delicious meal.   We look forward to seeing all of you next year on Thanksgiving Day for our FAMILY AND FRIENDS GIVING 2020





306 East Street

319-474-2159 or 319-929-5604

Worship at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.


We would like to thank all of you that came out and supported us both nights during the Brandon Christmas Festival.  It was a spectacular night of singing.  Thank you to the choir for all your hard work. 


The Church of  Jesus Christ choir has been doing musical outreach at local assisted living and nursing homes.  


The Church of Jesus Christ in January 2020 will launch live sessions of both their ministry and choir on their Facebook page (Church of Jesus Christ), please check out and like their page.


The Church of Jesus Christ will be hosting a noon luncheon in honor of Pauline Hertzberg for 83 years of loyal service to the church on Sunday, January 26, 2020. (If there is inclement weather we will reschedule it in February).



507 Main Street

319-474-2669 Church office


Sunday school is at 9:00 am (Adult classes 8:45 am)  Fellowship time is 9:45- 10:00 am. Worship service begins at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.


Pastor’s contact information:
Rev. Luke Evans

P.O. Box 125

Brandon, Iowa 52210




The Brandon United Methodist Church welcomes a new pastor, Luke Evans.  Pastor Luke started on November 3, 2019.  He has moved into the church parsonage.  If you see Pastor Luke, please welcome him to the community.



Christmas Baskets

The Brandon United Methodist Women delivered 39 baskets of fruit and goodies to 54 area senior citizens. 


Family Mystery Supper

The Brandon United Methodist Women’s group would like to invite everyone to our Family Mystery supper on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  This is a free event for you and your family. 

This year’s program will be Alejandra Nozal, foreign exchange student from Spain.  Ale’s host family are Matt and Jen Horak, Rowley.  Alejandra will share information about her life in Spain.

Please call Denise 474-2387 or Phyllis 474-2317 to make your reservation.


Pancake Breakfast and Bake sale

The annual Easter Pancake Breakfast and Bake sale will be held at the Brandon Methodist Church on Saturday April 11, 2020 .  Serving Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Ham, Orange Juice and Coffee from 7- 10:30 am. Cost is a Freewill donation for the breakfast.


Mary Circle

Mary circle and friends went Christmas caroling in Independence  on Wednesday evening, December 11, 2019.  They sang at the Prairie Hills, Lexington Estate, ABCM East and West campus care centers.  The blessing of Christmas music was well received by all. The group of 8 ended the evening with a meal at the Choung Gardens Chinese Restaurant in Independence.  They received third place in the tree decorating contest at the Brandon Christmas Festival.



Brandon’s After School Hour was held at the United Methodist Church on December 4th. They made ornaments for a tree at the Brandon Christmas Festival Tree Decorating contest.  They were pleased to be award first place in the contest.  Thank you for your votes. A reminder: BASH DOES NOT MEET IN JANUARY, but will meet the first Wednesday of each month. Dates for 2020: February 12th, March 11th, from 4:15- 5:30 pm.  April 1st will be the last BASH of the school year, it will be held at regular time with parents and grandparents invited to join the children for a program at 5:30 pm. All children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade are welcome to attend.



Youth members had a busy fall helping at the church supper and raking the yard, but they did take some time out to eat at Pizza Ranch followed by bowling. In early December, the group rang the Salvation Army bell at Wal-Mart for a two-hour shift. They also hosted the soup and sandwich supper on December 7 at the church. Freewill donations were close to $600, and members sincerely thank everyone for your continued support! The next meeting will be in January when members will be planning activities for the next few months. The group typically sponsors a spring fundraiser for a special cause, so stay tuned for more details!


Don't forget to like our Facebook page at the Brandon United Methodist Church Youth Group. 


As always, all students in grades 6-12 are welcome to come!  Call Rachel at 319-551-4794 or Dawnye at 319-334-0163 for more information.




The Church of Jesus Christ will be hosting a noon luncheon in honor of Pauline Hertzberg for 83 years of loyal service to the church on Sunday, January 26, 2020. (If there is inclement weather we will reschedule it in February).




The Brandon All-School banquet committee has begun planning for it 2020 Centennial celebration. But, this year we need your help; it is the committee’s objective to keep the cost of the banquet tickets at its current price. We are asking for volunteers to help with the hall setup of tables and chairs, decorating the hall and tables, contribute ice and help committee members with their assigned tasks to make this banquet a memorable event.  If anyone is interested in helping the committee in any capacity, please call Sharon Koopman(319-560-9880), Jodene Ludden (319-560-7025), or LaVonn Westcott (319-472-3661).


Brandon All-School Banquet Meeting

Banquet Business/Minutes

September 14, 2019

Meeting time and location: & pm @ Sharon Koopman’s home


The banquet meal was catered by Sutton’s of Newhall, Iowa.   There were 79 banquet attendees. The

Official banquet greeters were John & Betty Decker.  The banquet prayer was given by Glen Larson.


At each banquet table was placed the banquet menu, business meeting proposals for attendees to consider, the school song and school cheer, and a summation of the committee’s meeting activities. The banquet tables and hall was decorated  in a fall theme, brown & orange table cloths, decorated pumpkins and fall leaves at the center of each table and podium.  A beverage area and snack table was available for attendees to enjoy during their greeting and friendship time.  Pre-banquet music was provided by Barb Riggle of Vinton.


The banquet meeting was brought to order at 7:10 p.m. by President LaVonn Westcott.  The official welcome was given by Tony Pardun along with a brief history of the early banquet years and location of prior alumni banquets; followed by the National Pledge of Allegiance by Tony Pardun. Followed by soloist Mallea Geater’s beautiful renditions of “America the Beautiful” and the “National Anthem”.



Brandon All-School Banquet Meeting continued


The Treasurer’s report was given by Jodene Walker Ludden. Followed by the Secretary’s report by Paulette Pardun; reading the annual committee report, acknowledge the names of former deceased students for 2019 (to date), & listing the 1969 class honorees.


President Westcott introduced the class of 1969, corsages were given to Mary Jean (Postel) Eddy and Susan (Cashner) Knott (the ladies have remained life-long friends and reside in Independence).


President Westcott proposed before the banquet attendees a change in time for the 2020 banquet.

Discussion was followed by a show of hands vote to have a 2 p.m. fellowship with the banquet meal served at 5 p.m.  Also, Sharon (Mathews) Koopman requested that attendees share personal memorabilia the night of the banquet.  Items such as baseball, basketball uniforms, pictures, diplomas, etc.  Also, contact former school members of the centennial event.


The school song and cheer was led by Karol Smith (pom pom and all).


President Westcott acknowledged attending military veterans and each stating where they served. Also, acknowledging former Brandon school staff, instructors, her 2019 committee members and those attending the banquet.  President Westcott reminded the group to invite anyone who had ever attended Brandon school for however length of time.  The 2020 Centennial All-School banquet will be held on September 19, 2020.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Paulette L. Pardun, Sec’y



Joe D. Andersen, 65, of Independence, IA died Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice House in Waterloo, IA. He was born on March 19, 1954 in Waterloo, IA, the son of Ernest F. and Murial M. (Dillon) Andersen. He was a member of the Independence High School graduating class of 1973. Shortly after high school he married Susan Greenwood in Independence, and they were later divorced. On February 11, 1978 he married Zelda Jean Franck in Independence, IA. For many years he worked for Larson Construction and later for Jensen Trucking in Independence, IA.

Joe loved spending time outdoors, spending time with his pets and hunting with family and friends. He loved a lot of things during his life, but his family was the most important thing to him.

He is survived by his wife of forty one years, Zelda Andersen, Independence, IA, two daughters Laura (Donnie) Bjorheim, Galesville, WI, Lynn (Joseph) Schwinghammer, Independence, IA, a daughter-in-law Amanda Buchtela, Oelwein, IA, a son Chad (Lisa) Stelter, Independence, IA, five grandchildren; Ashley and Katie Buchtela, Brandon Schwinghammer, and Troy and Matt Stelter, a sister Carol (Wayne) Hilliard, Brandon, IA, a brother Don (Cheryl) Andersen, Walker, IA, and many nieces and nephews. Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Murial Andersen, and a son Leonard Buchtela

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday November 16, 2019 at the VFW Hall, Independence, IA.


Kimberly Ann Weber, 41, of Oxford, Iowa and formerly of Independence, Iowa died Saturday, October 19, 2019 in her home in Oxford, Iowa following a long illness with cancer.

Kim was born on October 23, 1977 in Independence, Iowa the daughter of Richard J and Roseann (Ricketts) Weber. She was a 1996 graduate of the Independence High School and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000, and a 2019 graduate of Kirkwood Community College. On March 27, 2012 she married Ryan W. Witt in Solon, Iowa and the couple made their home in Oxford, Iowa. She was employed as a Production Scientist with Integrated DNA in North Liberty, Iowa, and later a Quality Control Tech with Frontier COOP in North Liberty, IA.

Kim enjoyed visiting National Parks including the Isle Royale in Lake Superior, traveling in California and New Mexico, hiking in Backbone State Park, volunteering at the Oxford Library, and participating in cancer 5k’s.

She is survived by her husband; Ryan Witt, Oxford, IA, her parents; Richard and Roseann Weber, Independence, IA, a sister; Sandy Beier, Cedar Rapids, IA, two brothers; Troy (Dani) Weber, Solon, IA, and Chad (Julie) Weber, Independence, IA, a niece; Brianna Weber, five nephews; Drake Weber, Alex Sinn, Charlie and Michael Zitta, Christopher Osburn, three uncles: Willie (Barb) and Marv Weber, and Joe (Joan) Ricketts, five aunts; Bonni (Jerry) Bishop, Brandon and Therese (Kenny) Olson, Marilyn Kerkove, Rosella Anderson, Judy Street, and special friends her loving cats; Lance, Chance, and Yeti.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents: Don and Mary Ricketts, her paternal grandparents: Herb and Rose Weber, uncles: Bob, Larry and John Ricketts, Jim and George Weber, two aunts: Donna Ricketts and Alberta Hansen, and father-in-law: Robert Witt.

A Memorial service was held on October 23, 2019 in the Reiff Family Center, Independence.

Burial will be held at a later date.

Lorna Jayne Sullivan (Ives-May), 86, formally of Winthrop, IA died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester, IA.

She was born on December 9, 1932 in Manchester, IA the daughter of Curtis J. and Francis (Ritter) Ives. She was lovingly raised by her Uncle Noel and Aunt Ruth (Ives) May.

Lorna was a 1951 graduate of Quasqueton School and married Loren “Shorty” Sullivan on January 24, 1953 in Bentonville, AR, and farmed in Buchanan county all their married life.

Lorna held numerous jobs in her lifetime, from her first job as an egg washer, employee of the Mental Health Institute, and as a cook at Bossoms Quick Mart. Her main job for most of her life revolved around raising her ten children and working on the farm. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, shopping and going to the casino.

She is survived by her ten children, Patricia (Dennis) Franck, Diana Carlson, Michael Sullivan, Carla Sullivan, Karen Copeland, Gail (Brian) Fuller, Thomas Sullivan, Mary Sullivan, Brian Sullivan and Katherine (Rick) Ratchford , Brandon, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lorna is preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Francis Ives, her husband, Loren R. “Shorty” Sullivan, her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Noel May, her four brothers; Howard Ives, Curtis Ives, Donald Ives, and Noel Ives, and two sisters; Sharon Ladd and Ruth Gilbertson, and a granddaughter Morgan Blanton.

 Cleveland (Buck) Morris, 84 years old, of rural Walker, Iowa, died at his home on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.  He was born on January 4, 1935, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Cleveland Valentine and Mabel Irene (Beaty) Morris.  He attended the Troy Mills, Iowa, schools.  On June 3, 1967, he and the former Janice Kay Leary were married at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence.  Mr. Morris farmed with his family and then on his own.  He also was a heavy equipment operator and engineer doing road construction.  He was a member of the Walker United Methodist Church in Walker and the Walker Lions Club.  He enjoyed camping and hunting with his family.

Mr. Morris is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice, 1 son, Charles Morris of Independence, Iowa, 2 daughters, Kay (Dan) Limkemann of Cedar Rapids and Peggy Morris of Troy Mills, 8 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by 2 sisters, Shirley (Howard) Cole of Cedar Rapids and Wilma (Bud) Arnold of Paducah, Kentucky, and 1 sister-in-law, Martha Morris of Hiawatha, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Jacque Campbell, John Morris, and Raymond Morris.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Walker United Methodist Church in Walker.  Burial will be at a later date in Dunkard Cemetery in Midway, Iowa.  


Lyle R. Aschenbrenner, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Friday, November 15, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton with Rev. Stephen Preus officiating.  Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton with graveside military rites conducted by the Geo G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton and United States Marine Corps Honors. 

Lyle was born on April 7, 1933 in Vinton to John “Jack” and Letha (Ferguson) Aschenbrenner.  Lyle served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1951 through 1954, during the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of sergeant.  On September 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ann Winter at Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, CA.

Lyle worked for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1995.  He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Geo G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 in Vinton.  Lyle loved to play cards, but his greatest joy was spoiling his grandchildren and later his great-grandchildren with Kit Kat bars, chocolate malts, and golf cart rides.

He is survived by his wife Ann of Vinton; daughters; Dana (Gary) Burmeister of Mt. Auburn, Diana (Eric) Van Buskirk of Vinton; 5 grandchildren, Pete (Erin) Burmeister, Amy (Luke) Grantz, Joe (Alisha) Burmeister, Jordan (Joslyn) Truax, Alison (Dan) LaGrange; 9 great-grandchildren, Makenna, Reagan, Ellie, Henry, and Dale Burmeister; Reese, and Shayne Truax; Weston, and Arthur LaGrange; and his brother Jack (Carol) Aschenbrenner of LaPorte City.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Betty Lee, and Mary (Klinzing) Williams; and 2 brothers, Robert, and James Aschenbrenner .


Diane K. Dahlhauser, 76, of Washburn, died Thursday, October 31, at New Aldaya Lifescapes, Cedar Falls. She was born October 14, 1943 in Algona, daughter of Donald and Delpha Halsrud Ramus. She married Leonard Dahlhauser on January 27, 1962 in Bancroft.
Diane was employed with the Waterloo Community Schools for over 25 years, retiring in 2003.
Survivors include: her husband; her children, Laurie (Steve) Clark of Brandon, Doug (Lori) Dahlhauser of Waterloo, Robyn (Jason) Frost of LaPorte City and Tina (Daniel) Cook of LaPorte City; six grandchildren, Heather Clark, Amber Clark, Andrew Dahlhauser (Melanie), Allison Dahlhauser, Nicolas Cook and Jessica Knebel; and a great granddaughter, Mya Ledesma.
Preceded in death by: two sisters, Donna Marlow and Darlene Eller; and a brother, Dennis Ramus.
Services were held on, Tuesday, November 5, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with inurnment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Gilbertville.

Lorraine Lounett (Dufresne) Rider, 59, formerly of Brandon, died Sunday, October 20, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.

 A Celebration of Life Visitation was held on Thursday, October 24 at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton. Private Committal Services will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Lorraine was born July 3, 1960 in Cedar Rapids to Kenneth E. and Nellie (Degroot) Dufresne.  She graduated from Independence High School in 1979.  On March 23, 1985 she married Kelly Ray Rider.  The couple later divorced. Lorraine had worked as client coordinator for Genesis.  An avid reader, Lorraine also enjoyed sewing and crafts.  She also loved red roses, watching soap operas and listening to Elvis. 

Her memory will be cherished by her children Matthew Rider of Omaha, NE, Michael Rider of Cedar Rapids, and Amanda Rider of Urbana; her brothers, Larry Degroot and Steven Dufresne: and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth "Dale" Dufresne and her sister, Carol Little.


Leone Studebaker, age 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Windsor Manor in Vinton.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Rev. Brian Channel officiating.  Private interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. 

Leone was born on June 28, 1924, in Vinton, the daughter of Peter “Harry” and Clara Anna (Bramow) Kruger.  She graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton with the class of 1943.   On September 6, 1945, she was united in marriage to William Arthur “Bill” Studebaker at the Brandon United Methodist Church.  Bill preceded Leone in death in 2003. 

Leone was an active member of the Mt Auburn United Methodist Church, where she served on the U.M.W.  She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, crocheting and flowers.   She dearly loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Keith (Sandy) Studebaker of Columbia, TN, Nancy Patrick-Hecker of Casper, WY, Denice (Emmett) Stephenson of Vinton; 8 grandchildren, John Mather, Jeff (Lisa) Mather, Rebecca (Jesse) Severe, Brad (Brea) Studebaker, Summer Stephenson, Joshua (Nicole) Stephenson, Adam (Missy) Stephenson, Kris (Amy) Stephenson; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way.

In addition to her parents, and her husband, she was preceded in death by her still-born daughter Anna Belle Studebaker; son-in-law Miles Hecker; brother Harold Kruger; and sisters, Erma Fish, LaVonne Wiese and Lela Kruger in infancy.


Alice M. Meyer, 84, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Crestview Acres in Marion from complications of Alzheimer’s. Funeral services were on, Monday, November 11, 2019 at Prairie Creek Christian Church, rural Vinton, with Rev. Kurt Brubaker officiating. Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery, rural Brandon.
Alice was born August 20, 1935 near Brandon, the daughter of Bill and Eva Bearbower Floyd. When Alice was three years old Eva died and Bill married Mary C. Geater. Alice graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1953. On Feb 4, 1956 she was united in marriage with Richard H. Meyer in Vinton. Alice enjoyed being busy and did secretarial work for Dr. Corbett, Rockwell-Collins and Meyer Homes. She liked gardening, dancing, doing crafts and baking cookies.
She is survived by her children, Dixie Meyer, Vinton, Deb (Jeff) Alexander, Indianola, Alan (Donna) Meyer, Cedar Rapids, and Cheri (Brad) Buresh, Cedar Rapids; ten grandchildren and one great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard in 1996 of ALS; twin sisters, Ruth Werning and Ruby Goken and grandson, Chase Meyer.

John Charles “JC” Fank, 62, of Sleepy Eye, MN, formerly of rural Vinton passed away peacefully on October 27, 2019 at Mayo Clinics in Rochester, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Jim Brokman as Celebrant. Visitation

John was born July 17, 1957 to Melvin and Jean (Walderbach) Fank in Independence, IA. John was the oldest of five children. He graduated from East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, IA with the class of 1975, and went on to Iowa State University College of Agriculture, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. He was a lifelong fan of the Cyclones and loved cheering for them in all sports. In September of 1984, he was united in marriage to Dixie Meyer in Vinton, IA. Together they raised a family of three children that meant the world to him. John loved farming and agriculture, always having a passion for beef cattle. He passed his love for agriculture on to his children, always fostering any endeavor they set their minds to, no matter how crazy. He worked hard to instill a strong faith in each of his children, and with that passed along his passion, motivation and determination to seek out any challenge. John was also a very active member of every community he lived in and near.
John worked most of his years as a banker, heavily interested in agricultural lending. He started his career during the farm crisis in the 1980’s and never stopped loving it. His work took him far and wide, allowing him to call places like Mitchell, SD and Omaha, NE home. Eventually he and Dixie settled in the Vinton, IA area to begin raising their family while John worked for Farm Credit and Hawkeye Bank. The family later relocated to Tipton, IA as John followed his career with Hawkeye Bank. He worked briefly for Hawkeye International Trucks in the Cedar Rapids area. In 2002 they returned to Benton County after John returned to banking.
John spent the last few years of his life living in the Springfield/Sleepy Eye area of Minnesota .

John is survived by his children: Allison (Justin Cunningham) Fank of Nora Springs, Camille (Ryan) Schremser of Independence and Breandan Fank of Cedar Rapids, his remaining siblings; Ron (Polly) Fank of Independence, Gary (Michele) Fank of Winthrop, Dianne Fank of Winthrop, brother-in-law, Louis Kacere of Cedar Rapids; several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.
John was preceded in eternal rest by his parents, Melvin and Jean Fank, and his sister, Mary Kacere.

Helen A. Burmeister, 90, died peacefully Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Keystone Nursing Care Center. Memorial services were held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Pastor Randy Kasch officiating. Burial will be in the Dysart Cemetery.
Helen Ann Madera was born October 14, 1929, in Traer, Iowa, the daughter of Frank J. and Bertha Mochal Madera. She grew up in Traer and graduated from Dinsdale High School in 1947. Following high school, she attended Gates Business College in Waterloo.
On January 20, 1948, Helen was united in marriage with Don Burmeister at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Helen worked in the office at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton for 25 years, retiring in 1992. She was an active member of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vinton. She was also active in 4-H and volunteered at the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab for many years. Helen enjoyed cooking and canning, fishing and dancing. Helen and Don enjoyed many winters in Mesa, AZ.
Helen is survived by her three children: Donna (Dick) Kruckenberg of Vinton; Linda (Craig) Anderson of Cedar Rapids; and Gary (Dana) Burmeister of Mt. Auburn; 9 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother: Harry (Jean) Madera of CA; two sisters: Kathryn (John) Miller of Ames, and Judy (Myron) Du Toit of Marshalltown and sister-in-law Doris Madera, Wichita Falls, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don, in 2013, and brothers, Ervin and wife, Gwen, and F. Robert “Bob” Madera.




Leroy Shannon, 77, of Independence passed away Monday October 14, 2019.  On Saturday October 19, 2019, memorial services were held at 1:00 PM at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein. Inurnment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton. 

Leroy Charles Shannon was born April 30, 1942 on the family farm in Independence to parents Paul and Alta (Ohl) Shannon.  He attended country school in Buchanan County.  On October 26, 1968 he was united in marriage with Bertha Necker in Wisconsin.  He was a longtime farmer and had worked at Iowa Ham and also operated a mobile mixer mill grinding feed.

Leroy loved to be a farmer; on a tractor, in the combine, in the field.  He was the caretaker of his mother for many years.  He loved his cats; George and Sugar were the pride of his life, and of course, so were his two children Angie and Andy!  Leroy was well liked by his many friends and family.  He will be dearly missed by them all.

Left to celebrate Leroy’s life are his children:  Angela Shannon of Independence and Andy Shannon of Oelwein; his grandchildren: Brittney (Matt) Baerg of Oelwein and Zach Shannon of Oelwein; his great-grandchildren: Emma and Brantley Baerg; his siblings: Alice Brown of Waterloo, Helen Welsch of Brandon, Cecil Shannon of Oelwein, Clarence (Alice) Shannon of Fairbank and Joyce Leninger of Evansdale; and his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bertha; his siblings: Virginia Lumsden, Betty Lenihan, Marshall Shannon, Duane “Red” Shannon, Howard Shannon and Robert Shannon in infancy.


Lisbon Arlene Marie Pospisil, 84, of Lisbon, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids. Celebration of Life services were held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Brosh Chapel & The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids. Burial will follow in Czech National Cemetery for Arlene as well as inurnment for her son Darrel.

Arlene was born May 3, 1935, in Fairfax, the daughter of Louis J. and Elsie B. (Pavis) Doskocil. Arlene was united in marriage to Charles Pospisil on April 8, 1954, in Springfield, Mo. Together, they farmed for many years in the Fairfax and Lisbon area. She enjoyed dancing, church garage sales and auctions, gardening and watching birds, especially cardinals. Arlene celebrated her Czech heritage and playing her accordions. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arlene is survived by her sons, Duane (Sheryl) of Lisbon and David (Mary Mitchell) of Cedar Rapids; daughter-in-law, Valencia Pospisil of Fairfax; grandchildren, Stephanie (Nick) Nevins, Lindsey (Andrew Elam) Pospisil, Brittany (Jeremy) Kelly, Aaron (Lori St. John) Pospisil, Brandon, Kayla Pospisil (Stephen Smith) and Chris Pospisil; great-grandchildren, Kasey (Ryan) Nevins, Drake Pospisil, Ella and Layla Elam, Syrina, Leo and Alexa Kelly, and Felix and Lennix Smith; sister-in-law, Louise Doskocil; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, on Aug. 13, 2008; son, Darrel, on April 1, 2019; twin boys at birth; brothers, Lumir and Elmer Doskocil; and sister, Gladys (Louie) Tesar.


Rhonda Sue (Pettyjohn) Kiler, age 56, of Hamilton, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, November 18, 2019.
Rhonda was born on May 9, 1963 in Albia, Iowa, the daughter of Orvil and Arlene (Wallace) Pettyjohn. She attended Twin Cedars High School. Rhonda was united in marriage to Lynial Kiler on February 25, 1993. They were blessed with 26 years of marriage, before her passing.
Rhonda had various jobs throughout the area including Pella Plastics, Pella Corp., and Cargill Meat Processing. She enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She mostly loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the Winfield Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held on a later date at the Hamilton Cemetery.
Rhonda is survived by her husband, Lynial Kiler of Des Moines; daughter, Kodi Kiler (Jose Diaz) of Des Moines; brothers, Doug (Kim) Pettyjohn of Bussey, Paul Pettyjohn of Knoxville, Bruce (Carla) Pettyjohn of Marysville, Roger Pettyjohn of Prairie City, and Russell Pettyjohn of Knoxville; sister, Rebecca Gilman of Prairie City; five grandchildren, Karrah, Kenza, Kwynten, Kylena, and Kelia Diaz-Kiler; and many nieces and nephews.
Rhonda is preceded in death by her parents, Orvil and Arlene Pettyjohn; grandparents; and brother, Jeffrey Pettyjohn.




Doris Boyer, 89, of Shellsburg, passed away on the evening of October 20, 2019.

Services were held on, Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, Shellsburg with Pastor Mark Leckband officiating. Internment will take place at the Oakwood Cemetery in Shellsburg.

Doris was born February 18, 1930 to Edmund C. and Jessie Schminke. She graduated from Shellsburg High School in 1948.  On March 3, 1950 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Dean Boyer at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg. She devoted her life to raising her three children. She will remain forever in our hearts as a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. 

Doris was a very talented artist who specialized in sketches and paintings. She also enjoyed quilting, playing the piano and cultivating her flower beds. Her optimism, sense of humor and curiosity will always be remembered. 

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Ron (Barbara) Boyer of Brandon, IA, and Russ (Lisa) Boyer of Iowa City, IA; one daughter, Reyne (Kevin) Hartkemeyer of Highland, IL; her grandchildren Katina White, Marty Boyer, Ethan Hartkemeyer, Landen Boyer, Ciara Boyer, Myriah Tumilty, and Keasten Boyer; her step-grandson Jeremy Larsen, and eight great grandchildren; her sister Ida Mae Tompkins of St. Louis, MO and her brother Marion (Jeannine) Schminke , and sister-in-law Inge Schminke all of Shellsburg as well as several nieces and nephews, and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one grandson and one granddaughter, her brother Oliver and brother-in-law Ralph Tompkins.


Evelyn Parks Pauley, 92, of La Porte City, died Friday, November 8, 2019 at La Porte City Specialty Care.  She was born June 1, 1927 in Pasadena, California the daughter of Vernon and Eva Sawyer Ayers. She was a 1945 graduate of Brandon High School; received her 2-year teaching certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in 1947, received her BA from State College of Iowa in 1966 and later earned a MA equivalent in Special Education.

She married Ralph Parks on March 6, 1947 in La Porte City, they were later divorced.  She married William Pauley, Jr. in 2002 at Brandon United Methodist Church; he preceded her in death on April 12, 2007. Evelyn had a total of 32 years of teaching at Brandon Elementary for four years, La Porte City Elementary, Orange Township, Devonshire and McKinstry as well as AEA7 in Waterloo.  After retirement Evelyn and Ralph bought back the family home and acreage in rural La Porte City and started Turkey Ridge Orchard and Greenhouses.  For 15 years they grew flowers, apples, vegetables, pumpkins and much more to sell at Farmers Markets in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale and Independence.

She played organ for many years at Trinity Wesleyan Church now Heartland Community Church in La Porte City as well as teaching Sunday School, Sunday School Superintendent and sitting on the church board.  She was a founding member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a local Sorority where she was a past president and secretary. She served on the Preschool Board establishing Preschool Education in La Porte City and she was active in Farmer’s Market.

Survived by: one daughter, Linda (David) Harris of Marshalltown; two sons, Ron (Flo) Parks of Evansdale, Greg (Peggy) Parks of La Porte City; eight grandchildren, Anna Harris, Luke (Jen) Harris, Ryan (Debbie) Parks, Ben (Jen) Parks, Emily (Adam) Clark, Brandon, Michelle Myers, Jason Parks, Jackie (TJ) Versluis; thirteen great grandchildren, Zach (Macie) Harris, Lauren, Emma and Sadie Oaks, Caid and Ian Parks, Myles Harris, Savannah Walvatne, Raine Campbell, Jessie Versluis and Eva Parks and Jazzmin and Autumn Wyant and one great-great grandson, Jeremiah Odenbach.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; and one great grandson, Skylar Parks.





The Mobile food pantry is returning to Brandon.  It will be held the 4th Saturday of the each Month at the Jefferson Township Hall in Brandon. Mobile food pantry is open to families in NE Iowa who have a need to supplement their grocery budget.  No cost is involved but you need to supply your name, address and household size. (Information gathered is used to keep tally of the number served in the communities and in the event of any recall on food items)  They do need assistance unloading food for distribution at 8:45 am. The distribution of food is from 9:15 to 10:45 am.


Scheduled dates are: January 25, February 22, March 28



City Council meeting are held the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. 2019 does brings some changes to the City council in Brandon.  

Mayor- Guy Stacy

Brandon City Council Members:

Kelly Thomas                                                Patrick Lehman                    Karol Smith

Mike Brown                                                   Brian “Buddy” Thomas




The deadline for the April, May, June Issue of the Brandon Bee is due by March 15, 2020.

Donations from the following people are very much appreciated as this quarterly newspaper continues:


Editors’ note:   Please submit your information to the Bee to Denise: or 3326 Hamilton Ave., Rowley, IA 52329.  Complete issues of the Brandon Bee II will now be published on the Brandon Area Community Club’s website at