BRANDON BEE II

A Family Farm Legacy Built to Last

 

Written byShannon Latham-Vice President  submitted by Jamee Erger

 

They say in Iowa, “If you build it, they will come.”            

That’s exactly what happened in 2004. Someone commented to Dave Erger from Brandon, Iowa, that it must take a really big frying pan to feed the entire town during its annual Cowboy Breakfast Festival. So a pan was built and now hundreds of tourists annually make a roadside stop for a photo opportunity.

“My dad, along with several other local farmers, met in Dad’s shop,” says Andy, who is the fourth generation to own and operate his family’s farm in eastern Iowa. “It was supposed to be more of a joke, but before they knew it, it had become a pretty big deal.” Iowa’s largest frying pan is an impressive nine feet wide and 14 feet long, including the handle. The skillet could fry 44 dozen eggs or 88 pounds of bacon.

Farmers are known for rising to any challenge, whether it’s fabricating a giant frying pan or surviving a global pandemic. Unfortunately, Dave Erger faced a health challenge in 2014 that became life changing. He suffered a heart attack that resulted from Lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes one’s body to attack itself. Lupus has made farming more difficult for Dave. As a result, Andy has accepted more responsibility in recent years. That’s why in the spring of 2021 Dave and his wife, Teresa Erger, approached Andy and his wife, Jamee, about purchasing the farm.

“Jamee and I have spent countless hours crunching numbers. We met with our bankers, FSA consultants, and tax advisors. We were relieved when we received confirmation in April that our loans had been approved,” says Andy. “Keeping my family farm running and thriving has always been a dream of mine. I get to share my dream with my wife and our children.”

Andy and Jamee are the proud parents of four daughters and one son: Kayleigh, Amiliah, Davennah and Rosaleigh and Gilbert (Gib), who was named after Andy’s great grandfather.

 

With Andy taking on more of the farming responsibilities in addition to his custom hay baling business, Jamee is learning all the ropes of becoming primarily responsible for their Latham® seed dealership, Erger Seeds. Andy became a Latham® Seeds dealer in 2014 because he knew the extra income would help support his family.

 

 

“Latham products have worked great on our farm, so I wanted to share it with others around me,” says Andy.

 “Our dealership also has provided opportunities to create new friendships.”

Andy and Jamee are very much business partners. In addition to helping Andy with the farm and seed dealership, Jamee runs a Revital U business and helps their daughters with an egg business.

“Our home-based businesses allow us to show our kids how the world works and how much work it takes to be successful in the things you care about,” says Jamee. “Having chickens has helped teach the girls responsibility by managing money and taking care of animals. They also help care for three horses, many cats and dogs.”

The Erger family in spring 2021 started a Labrador Retriever breeding business called North of the River Family Labs. Their dogs are fully AKC registered, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) certified, and Embark genetic tested.

They work and play hard, too. They make time for family fun like boating, camping, horseback riding, four-wheeling, visiting parks or zoos or roasting s’mores over a bonfire. The Erger family also makes time to exercise together.

“It’s good to teach our kids about self care,” says Jamee, who like her mother-in-law, is committed to exercise and eating a balanced diet.

“We only get one life to live, so we want to make sure we live it to its fullest,” says Andy. “We love the life of farming and we always put our full attention to anything we care about whether it’s taking care of our family, farm, pets or seed customers. We understand the blood, sweat and tears that are shed by generations of family farms, so we want to help our customers and neighbors be successful.

Andy adds, “It’s nice to be part of a family-owned seed company that was founded in Iowa. The Lathams strive to treat their dealers like family, and in turn, we strive to treat our farmer-customers like family.”

One way they show their customers how much they appreciate them is by delivering homemade cookies and bars during the spring planting and fall harvest seasons. Jamee also enjoys taking meals to the fields for her family during baling hay, and harvest.

“I feed em’ and leave em’,” says Jamee. “It’s important to me to make sure that the guys get a decent meal to help keep them going.”

Today Jamee is sharing with us her favorite cookie recipe, which is a perfect complement to her homemade ice cream. Enjoy June Dairy Month and July Ice Cream Month

 

 

Mini Monster Cookies Recipe by Jamee Erger

INGREDIENTS

·          3 eggs.

·         1/2 C margarine

·         1 C brown sugar

·         1 C sugar

·         1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

·         1 1/2 C peanut butter

·         2 tsp. baking soda

·         4 3/4 C oatmeal

·         3/4 lb. mini baking M&M's

·         1/2 bag chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix together eggs, margarine, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla. Add peanut butter, baking soda and oatmeal. Stir in M&M's and chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Homemade Ice Cream

·         4 tbsp vanilla

·         5 eggs

·         2 1/2 C sugar

·         3 pts half and half

·         2% milk

Whisk eggs really well, then add half and half, mix together. Add sugar, mix well. Add vanilla, mix well. Then add 2% milk until I reach the fill line of the ice cream container and whisk once again until all is blended well together.

For the ice cream bucket, you’ll need ice and rock salt while it spins. The ice cream will thicken as it gets close to being done and the bucket will usually stop spinning once it’s done.

 

Corona Virus COVID-19 hits United States of America – Article 5

 

The pandemic caused by the Covid 19 sars virus has slowed down tremendously.  March 11th marks one year since the WHO announced that the Covid 19 had been characterized as a pandemic.

 

The population of the USA started receiving the Covid vaccine in January with two vaccines approved by the FDA.The Moderma and BioNTech by Pfizer.  March 11th a third vaccine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson is approved.  The vaccines were approved for adults.  As of press time, 47% of the population of Iowa are fully vaccinated (51% have at least one dose of vaccine).

 

As the result of the vaccinated population, many businesses have stop requiring their patrons to wear mask.  Restaurants have opened up to in person dining or if they already had in person seating they have increased the amount of tables available.  Sporting events, concerts, festivals are once again in operation.   Buchanan County’s positivity rate is hovering around 2% and the USA is between 2% and 3% positivity rate.

 

It is so nice to be able to meet friends for a meal, watch baseball games, and be free from some of the requirements of masks and social distancing. 

Brandon Days: Aug 7, 8, 9, 2021: 

This year’s Brandon days celebration theme is “The Roaring Twenties”.   In the 1920’s the United States was period of economic prosperity with a distinctive culture edge, particularly in major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.   The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. Raffle tickets will be for sale: (see Brandon Days Flyer in this issue)
60TH ANNIVERSARY

Kenny and Tootie Olson, Independence, formally of Brandon, celebrated their 60th anniversary on April 9, 2021.  (Their daughter is Cindy (Rod) Clark of Brandon).  If you wish to send Kenny and Tootie belated wishes (cards and notes), please sent them to 602 3rd Street NE, Independence, Iowa, 50644.  (Editor’s note: I inadvertently omitted this announcement from April, May, June 2021 issue of the Brandon Bee).

THANK YOUs
Thank you to all who sent me cards, called me, or sent flowers for my 98th Birthday.  Esther Little

Our family would wish to express our sincerest appreciation for the cards, visits, food, prayer and support during the heart-breaking time of losing Lynial and Kevy.  We are blessed to have friends like you all.

We would also like to thank the first responders for the help with our mom during her heart attack and my dad’s battle with infection.  The porch visits have helped them get through all these rough times.  We can’t thank you enough!!! It will always be remembered.  Thank you again.  My brother always told me these words while he (Kevy) was sick: “EVERYDAY IS A GIFT”.  The Kiler Family

Brandon Jefferson Township Historical Society:
The Brandon Historical museum looks the same from Main Street as it did last summer, but things are changing inside!  Electrical, insulation, sheetrock, and painting are progressing well.  Clare and Dorothy Sloan would be pleased!!
Plans are that the building will be open for your viewing of the progress during Brandon Days, August 7 & 8, 2021.   Plan to stop by!  No matter the stage the construction is at on that weekend, work will pause; we’ll sweep the floor, and welcome your visit with open arms.
We plan to preserve, share, and connect Brandon’s history with our present.  Come and See !!

Read on…..At the BRANDON CELEBRATION AUCTION on Saturday, August 7th, a unique QUILT will be sold to the highest bidder.  Here’s the story----- Following the death of LaVonne (Mrs. Dutch) Bearbower, an unfinished quilt made by LaVonne was donated to Connie’s quilters by the Bearbower family, to be finished and used at the quilter’s discretion. The quilt has been finished and given as a fundraiser for the Brandon Historical Museum.  Arrangements have been made with the Brandon Area Community Club to auction the quilt, (August 7th) with proceeds going to the Brandon Historical Society Museum Fund.  

The Quilt is a colorful 5 ft. fabric medallion made of 331 fabric hexagons.  The medallion is centered on navy blue fabric, tied with like color ties, creating a ripple effect, thus “the Medallion Ripple Quilt”.

The finished quilt measures 108” X 87”.
Thank you to the Bearbower family, Connie’s Quilters, and the Brandon Area Community Club for your assistance in the Historical Museum fundraising.  And thank you to the buyer, whoever you are.

Your support is greatly appreciated!  Congratulations, the quilt is one of a kind.
Brandon Historical Society continues to seek funding for the slow-moving restoration of the old Brandon Bank Building located on Main Street.  The goal is to create a local museum.  Many people have treasures and historical items of interest collected and stored in anticipation of the completion of the local venue for sharing.  The Society is offering a plan in which individuals may donate $10 to fund a 2 ft by 2 ft tin ceiling panel. Donor names will be listed on a recognition board to be displayed within the museum on its completion.  Donations may be given as a memorial or honorarium of your choice.

If you care to make a larger donation, just do the math and send whatever amount you and your wallet agree upon!  Karol Smith will be receiving and recording the information for the Historical group.  Her address is 206 Main Street, Brandon, Iowa 52210.  If you have questions, call Karol at 319-329-0101.  Please make your check payable to the Brandon Historical Society.

Cowboy Breakfast
Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Brandon Area Community Center. We will serve from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, ham, sausage, sausage gravy and homemade biscuits. Orange juice and coffee will be served.

New Concession Stand and Fundraising Project:

The Brandon Area Community Club is currently raising funds to complete some landscaping around the playground and the new concession stand at the City Park. We have had a great response to our fundraising efforts but are still short of our goal.  Please consider donating to this project.  The city council and the Brandon Area Community Club continue to work together to make Brandon a great place to live.

If you are interested in a giving a monetary donation toward this project please send donations to BACC, Box 163, Brandon, Iowa 52210. Please put concession stand on the memo line.
BRANDON CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST~ Pastor Lenny Powers
306 East Street
319-474-2159 or 319-929-5604
Worship at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.
The members of the Brandon Church of Jesus Christ will be holding a Bible study starting on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  We will be doing 8 lessons on the Harbinger 2 Uncensored
By Jonathan Cahn.   Anyone that enjoys Bible studies is welcome to join and participate.

CONNIE’S QUILTERS
The quilt group continues making and gifting lap quilts to friends of our community.  In recent months, they have donated nine lap quilts to Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab in Vinton, and nine also to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department in Independence.   They continue to gift individual quilts to friends recently placing number 382.  If you know of someone who would enjoy having a lap quilt, contact Connie Langrebe.

The “quilt ladies” thank everyone who donates fabrics to their cause and keeps them stitching.  Within these stitches you will see the bond that is shared by a group of gals who quilt.


MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

The Brandon Mobile Food Pantry is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.   The upcoming dates are: July 28, August 25, and September 22. It is held at the Brandon Community Center Parking Lot and distribution of food is from 4:30 to 5:30.  Please remain in your car and the food will be put in your car.  Please have boxes and room for the food.  Thank you.   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 of food items)  The mobile pantry is a service of the Northeast Iowa Bank. Thank you to the volunteers that help with this project.


BRANDON GARDEN CLUB
The Brandon Garden Club planted two Techny Arborbvitae trees in memory of Karen Robison and Marlene Brown by the Community Center at the south end of the west row of trees.
In May we went to some nurseries and greenhouses in the Cedar Rapids area and ate lunch at Perkins.  After lunch we went to the nursery in Palo.   Everyone that went was able to find some plants they were looking for.   A good time was had by all who went.
We met recently and made plans for out float that we will have for Brandon Day.  Our next meeting will be August 2 when we will be making our float. 
We usually meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Karol Smith’s home beginning at 6:30 p.m.   Any new members are always welcome.  Contact Karol for further info – 319-329-0101.
BRANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH~ Pastor Luke Evans
507 Main Street
319-474-2669 Church office
Pastor’s contact information:
Rev. Luke Evans
P.O. Box 125
Brandon, Iowa 52210     712-898-4834  pastorlukeevans@gmail.com
Church Services
Brandon United Methodist Church Youth Group:
Plans are in the works for preparing a float for the Roaring 20s Brandon Days parade on August 7. The members will meet on August 1 or 2 to settle on the float's main message that will glorify Jesus and celebrate the 1920s. It typically requires a few evenings to finish the project.
With a new school year around the corner, the Youth Group is seeking more members! Any student in grades 6 through 12 is welcome to come join the fun. Call Rachel at 319-551-4794 or Dawnye at 319-334-0163 for more information. 


Kids Lunch in the Park:

Kid’s lunch in the park is back on track this summer.  It will be on Mondays, July 12th and July 19th.  As in the past, the Congregational Care Committee is sponsoring this activity for the kids of Brandon area kids to gather at the Brandon Park for a time of fun, food and fellowship.
Hot Dogs and other favorite foods will be served, during the time frame of 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Adult supervision will be present during the specified time.  Kids are invited to come and enjoy Christian fellowship and playing together in the city park.   Take note of the beautiful mural added last summer, and see how many Brandon handprints are now on the BIG tree, and if you can spot yours.


Community Supper
Plans are on the agenda for the annual Community Supper to happen this year.  Instead of a spring event as in the past, a date will be chosen in September/October autumn season, celebrating a Harvest Meal together.  Watch for date/details.


Pie/Brownie Bake Sale
The Brandon United Methodist Women will hold a bake sale of pie and brownies on Saturday,
August 7, 2021, at the Brandon City Park Shelter house.  The hours will be 11 am to 4 pm or until
sold out.   Cost of whole pie will be $10, slice of pie $2 and a brownie $1. Please stop by.

UMW Fall Supper:
The Annual Homemade Chicken and Noodle Supper is planned for Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 4:30- 7:30 pm at the Brandon United Methodist Church.  Menu includes Homemade Chicken and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Squash, Green Beans, Salad Bar, and Dessert.  Country Store and Bazaar will also be held upstairs in the side room.


Noodle Making Day:
We will be making noodles on Saturday, September 11, 2021 starting at 8:30 am.  Please come and help if you are able.

GRADUATIONS
Clay Sturtz, Brandon, participated in The University of Iowa's virtual graduation ceremony held on May 15, 2021. Clay received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He majored in Leadership and Management. Clay is the son of Lee and Dawnye Sturtz.   

FIRE DEPT
The Brandon Fire Department will hold its annual auction on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 1 pm at the Brandon Area Community Center.  Please contact any member of the Brandon Fire Department to donate items to the auction.   You may also contact Kelly Thomas 319-361-0031 or Deb Bistline
319-327-2496


BRANDON ALL SCHOOL REUNION
September 18, 2021, the end of a 100 year amazing era.  Each May beginning in 1920 until 1962 the little town of Brandon held a Graduation ceremony.  The class of 1920 had 3 members, the last class of 1962 there were 16 members.  An Alumni association was formed and the Brandon Alumni Annual Banquet was held.  The Banquet was a time for all Brandon Alumni to gather to renew, remember, and enjoy.
Sadly the number of attendees has declined, the available funds have dwindled and the man (woman) power is no longer available.  On this 100th anniversary of the first graduating class of 1920 we will hold our final banquet.   We the Board are planning to make it a special time.  We have unearthed lots of old memorabilia to be on display. (We are asking anyone having items (pictures or other items)
they would like to share, please bring them.
A few years ago we changed the name from the Brandon Alumni Association to the Brandon All School reunion.  Anyone that attended Brandon Consolidated School may attend.   Please contact your old classmates or others that attended and invite them. Let’s make this year’s event special.
                                                Social hour:  3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

                                                Dinner:            5:30 p.m.

Dinner will be prepared by the Board Members and volunteers. (The meat will be catered).
A final Business meeting will be held following the meal.  The cost of the meal is $15.00 per person (no dues). 
You must make your reservations to Sharon Koopman, 1306 G Avenue, Vinton, Iowa 52349 NO LATER than September 1, 2021.  

CARING PAGE:
(Editor’s note:  This page(s) is new.  It is meant to keep people updated with information on our friends and neighbors who are in need of a pick me up.  Please, if you are inclined, brighten these people’s day with a card or a note.)

Samantha McKinley, wife of Cliff Mckinley, rural Walker was recently severely injured in a “freak accident”.  Samantha and Cliff have three children, Ruger, Sage, and Landry.   Samantha will be hospitalized for several weeks perhaps even months.  Samantha’s address currently is:

Samantha McKinley
Iowa Methodist Hospital
1200 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Angie Clark, wife of Jason Clark, Ankeny, was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.  Angie and Jason have four children, twins Caleb and Collin, Payton, Maddox.  Angie is daughter in law of Phyllis Clark.   Angie is currently undergoing chemo treatments for her cancer.  Brighten her day with a card or note.
Angie Clark
509  NE 16th St.
Ankeny, Iowa 50021


Brian Larson, husband of Sarah, Jesup, formerly of Brandon was in an accident in early January 2021. Brian and Sarah have two children Lexie and Alana.  Brian parents are Deb and Rick Larson, rural Brandon.  Here is an update from Brian:  “I am still doing rehab twice a week in Cedar Rapids for occupational and physical therapy.  I can only go there a few more times before the insurance says I have hit my limit and then I will have to wait until January to reload.  The surgeon still says I have a 1% chance of walking again, but 1% is better than 0%, keeping my fingers crossed.  Just taking one day at a time.”

Brian Larson
13134 Dubuque Road
Jesup, Iowa 50648

Joe Erger of Brandon,  was recently injured from a fall.  Joe is currently at  West Village Care Center ABCM in Independence. Please send Joe a note or card to let him know we care.
Joe Erger

ABCM Care Center
West Village
1610 3rd Street NE
Independence, Iowa 50644

 

Esther Little, Marshalltown, formerly of Brandon is a resident at the Veteran’s Home in Marshallton.
Esther recently celebrated her 98th Birthday.  I think Esther would appreciate notes or cards from friends and neighbors.  
Esther Little
1201 Summit Street
Room 244 Malloy 2 South
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

Earl Erger, rural Brandon, is currently at the Vinton Lutheran Home recovering from a fall.  The plan is for him to come home in the near future. Visitation is restricted at Lutheran home to immediate family, but  cards and note can be sent to Earl at the Lutheran Home.
Earl Erger
Lutheran Home
1301 2nd Ave
Vinton, Iowa 52349

Pat Rogers, formerly of Brandon, is now residing at Prairie Hills Senior Living.  It would be nice for her to receive cards or notes from her Brandon Area friends.
Pat Rogers                                                                                                         
Prairie Hills Senior Living
505 Enterprise Drive SW
Independence, Iowa 50644
Deadline:
The deadline for the October, November, December issue of the Brandon Bee is due by September 15, 2021.  Please submit your information to the Brandon Bee to :Denise: dndlehman@msn.com 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 http://www.bacciowa.com/www.bacciowa.com.

OBITUARIES:
Grace Milroy, 103, passed away peacefully May 18, 2021 at the Vinton Lutheran Home of natural causes.
Funeral services were on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Vinton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Honoring Grace’s wishes, the casket will be closed to the public. Private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton.

Grace was born April 23, 1918 in DeWitt, the daughter of Thomas and Madeline Allen Bowstead. She graduated from DeWitt High School in 1935. Grace served her country for three years during WWII in the Navy Waves in Washington DC in the US Navy Casualty Section Office of Public Information. She attended the University of Iowa, graduating in 1949 from the College of Business Administration. On December 21, 1947 she was united in marriage to Boyd Milroy at the First Congregational Church in Iowa City. Boyd and Grace made their home in Vinton where Grace excelled in homemaking, raising children and spoiling grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Boyd preceded her in death in 2015.
Grace enjoyed hiking, cross stitching, researching family ancestors and was an avid quilter. She was a member of the Vinton Presbyterian Church where she served on the Board of Deacons and was an Elder. Grace was also past president of the Vinton Women’s Club and Federated Clubs of Benton County.
Grace is survived by her four children: Marti Eckhart (Fred Hoffman) of Vinton, Rod (Vicki) Milroy of Palo Alto, CA, Craig (Mary) Milroy of San Francisco, CA and Doug (Gina) Milroy of Brandon; ten grandchildren: Peter Eckhart, Ann (Ben) Cleaver, Jenny (Wally) Luciano, Sam (Lucy) Milroy, Joe Milroy, Kate Milroy, Lauren (Jeff) Young, Stephanie (Bryce) Coulter, Jake (Shang) Milroy and Grace Milroy; ten great-grandchildren: Ava Eckhart, Isabella Luciano, Ally Luciano, Cal Milroy, Cash Milroy, Sawyer Milroy, Addison Cleaver, Daphne Cleaver, Calvin Young and Nathan Young.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law, Morris Eckhart; and four brothers.
The family will direct memorials to the Vinton Presbyterian Church and the Memory Care Unit at the Vinton Lutheran Home.



Robin Ranea Clayton, 51 years old of Waterloo, IA, and formerly of Jesup, IA, died Saturday, April 24, 2021, at MercyOne-Covenant Medical Center, Waterloo.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Monday, May 3, 2021, at Heartland Vineyard Church in Waterloo.

Robin was born October 1, 1969 in Waterloo, the daughter of Thomas Edward Christensen and Valetta Kaye (Chaney) Christensen.  She graduated from Jesup High School with the class of 1988.  On September 28, 1991, she was united in marriage to Robert James Clayton, II, in Jesup, IA.  The couple later divorced.  Robin worked as a custodian and para-professional at Jesup Community Schools and most recently was employed at St. Athanasius Catholic School in Jesup.  She was a member of Heartland Vineyard Church in Waterloo.

Robin is survived by one daughter, Tessa Clayton of Independence, IA; one son, Travis Clayton of Independence; one granddaughter, Mikah Nemmers-Clayton; one brother, Rick (Dale Ann) Christensen of Waterloo; her step-mother, Joyce Christensen of Independence; four step-sisters, Debbie Stoneman of Brandon, IA, Teresa (Dean) Briggs of Independence, Cathy Close of Independence; Sara (Bill) Castic of Waterloo; and her boyfriend, Ted Kapler of Waterloo.

Her father; mother; and one sister, Ronda Christensen, preceded her in death.

 

Lynial Martell Kiler, age 61, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on January 5, 2021.
Lynial was born on December 4, 1959 in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of LyTell and Barbara (Bowers) Kiler. He graduated from high school in Independence, Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Rhonda Pettyjohn on February 25, 1993. They were blessed with one daughter, Kodi. Lynial and Rhonda were united in marriage for 26 years, before her passing on November 18, 2019.
Lynial worked as an over the road trucker for many years. He then worked at a few factories before pursuing his dream in mechanic work. He was an avid Harley Davidson man. One of his biggest accomplishments was buying his own Harley. Lynial loved spending time with his grandchildren, they were his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending time outside messing around with something. Lynial was a man of all trades. His family will remember him as a very caring man who would help anyone.
Visitation for Lynial was held on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville. A funeral service will be held at the Winfield Funeral Home on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery.

Those left to cherish Lynial’s memory include his parents, LyTell and Barbara Kiler; daughter, Kodi Kiler (Jose Diaz) of Des Moines; sister, Keeme Kiler; brothers, Kevin Kiler (Kay), Perry Kiler (Deb), Kale Kiler (Shelly), Randy Kiler (Karla), Karl Kiler (Angie), and LyDell Kiler; also five grandchildren, Karrah , Kenza , Kwynten, Kylena, and Kelia Diaz-Kiler.
Lynial is preceded in death by his grandparents, and wife, Rhonda Kiler.
Memorials may be given to Lynial’s family to help with final expenses.

 

Nancy Louise (Winsor) Flickinger, 74, of Vinton, passed away peacefully at her home on May 23, 2021, with family by her side. She was born Nov. 23, 1946, in Brandon, Iowa, the daughter of Richard Floyd Winsor and Wanda Louise Fuller.

She graduated from Vinton Community School in 1965, and was the city clerk for the City of Garrison, Iowa, for many years.

Survivors include daughter, Brooke Salger (Chris Riffey); son, Jake Isbell (Sherri); and grandchildren, Jacob Isbell, Logan (Megan) Salger, Alex Salger (Kamryn Lillie) and Kaitlin Isbell. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Winsor; mother, Wanda Fuller; and her brothers, Norbert and Thomas Winsor. Nancy enjoyed gardening, crafting and was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vinton, where she participated in several activities including quilting and helping take care of the flowers on the church grounds. But most of all, her joy came from the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. A private family service will be held.

Play Ball!!! April 21, 2021 the barefoot boy from Brandon / OBI, was called up to play centerfield for Heaven’s Yankees.


Kevin Lytell Kiler was born May 13, 1957 to Lytell and Barbara (Bowers) Kiler. He grew up in Brandon Iowa where he mowed lawns, baled hay and could be found playing ball at the park with his brothers and the Dudley boys. He graduated high school from Independence Iowa with the class of 1975. He married his high school sweetheart, Kay Wilson, on April 8, 1978

Kevin spent his early years playing softball across Northeast Iowa where he was known for playing barefoot and stretching that single into a double or a triple, all with a wide grin on his face for his love of the game. He also loved golf and played regularly at Buffalo Creek in Winthrop, Three Elms in Independence and most recently at Cedars Edge in West Branch. He was known for his ability to par or even birdie a hole without ever playing in his own fairway. Glory Days

Kevin worked at Denton Castings with his good friend Mike Denton for over 40 years. He took pride in his work ethic and the quality of his work. Bossman always said he worked as hard as he played.

Kevin was preceded in death by his in-laws, Lyle and Lucille Wilson, his brother Lynial Kiler and his golf partner of over 30 years, Ed Fitzgerald.

He is survived by his young bride Kay and his precious children Nikki (Bryant) Robertson, West Branch, IA, and Andrew Kiler Snoqualmie, WA, and his granddaughters Evelyn and Elsie Robertson. He is also survived by his parents Barb and Lytell Kiler, his brothers Perry (Deb), Olathe, KS, Kale (Shelly), Shawnee, KS, Randy, La Porte City, IA, Karl (Angie), Independence, IA Lydell, Brandon, IA, his little sister Keeme Robinson, Brandon, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Kevin punched cancer right in the face many times in the last 5 years. This last punch left them both reeling, but Kevin burst out and on to Heaven and left the cancer to burn in cremation.

May 1st is declared as remember Kevy day – all who want to remember him please watch a baseball game, wear a baseball cap, put bells on your shoes or wear a pink shoestring belt in his honor. A Visitation was held on Saturday May 1, 2021 at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA.

 
Patricia Ann (Hepker) Hopper, age 76, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at her home with her family by her side.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at the First Christian Church in Vinton with Rev. Dick Jumper officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton. 

Pat was born on April 5, 1945 in Urbana, the daughter of Clifford and Lela (Boyles) Hepker.  On June 24, 1962, she was united in marriage to Jack Hopper at the Urbana Methodist Church.

Pat was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed card clubs, trout fishing and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Jack of Vinton; children, Wade (Shelly) Hopper of Vinton, Duane (Sherri) Hopper of LaPorte City, Penny (Chad) Bauer of Cedar Rapids; son-in-law, Steve Bauer of Brandon; 10 grandchildren, Jake (Katie) Bauer, Miranda (Nick) Hartkemeyer, Taylor Bauer, Kristin (Jacob) Losenicky, Michael Hopper, Victoria (Garret) Birker, Megan Hopper, Dakota Hopper, Ella Bauer, Jazmine Bauer; 9 great grandchildren; and her siblings, Phyllis (Lawrence) Noe of Quasqueton, Ron (Mary) Hepker of Buffalo, WY, and Karen Moore of Sylvester, GA

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Lori Bauer; and her brother Randy Hepker.

 
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2021  7 PM

HOLLY’S HOBBIES- WOODEN PLAQUE                                   

S&K COLLECTIBLES- RED &BLUE METAL SIGN, THANKFUL SIGN

TITAN BLAIRSTOWN- RECHARGEABLE MAGNETIC WORK LIGHT

THEISENS- 3 PC TOOL SET, ASSORTMENT OF REPAIR TOOLS IN A BAG

BLANDS FLOWER- FAMILY PLAQUE AND MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME SIGN

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CY & CHARLEY’S- OLIVER ROW CROP 66 TOY TRACTOR

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WALMART- 10 PC GRILLING SET AND COLEMAN 50 QUART COOLER

ADAMS FURNITURE- PICTURE

SPAHN & ROSE JESUP- TOOL BUCKET

O’RIELLY’S AUTOPARTS- OIL PANS

CAR QUEST VINTON- 88 PC WRENCH SET AND 68 PC GEAR WRENCH SET

TITAN CENTERPOINT-XL SWEATSHIRT

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B & B FARM STORE-18oz COOLER

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TUFF STUFF CLOTHING- JEAN JACKET (L), SHIRTS SIZE SMALL AND MEDIUM

FARMTEK- GARDEN WAGON

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HELLE EQUIPMENT- TOYS

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JOSY JEWELL- SIGNED PICTURE

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FARM FLEET 1-$25 GIFT CARD

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LEADERS OF AREA ORGANIZATIONS:


Brandon Area Community Club                                             Doug Lehman 319-404-8471

Garden Club                                                                           Darlys Rogers 319-474-2368

Historical Society                                                                    Shirley Wiley 319-443-2760

Connie’s Quilters                                                                     Shirley Wiley 319-443-2760

First Responders                                                                     Kelly Thomas 319-361-0031

Brandon Volunteer Fire Dept                                                  Gary Albert 319-929-4508

Lime Creek Fish and Game Club                                           Chuck (Diana) Lee 319-269-0620

Bear Creek Church                                                                 Denny Donley 319-560-5599

Brandon Methodist Church                                                     Rev Luke Evans 712-898-4834 

Brandon Church of Christ                                                       Rev Lenny Powers 319-474-2159

Brandon Tigers Ball teams                                                     Denise Lehman 319-404-8472

Brandon Food Pantry                                                             Cindy Clark 563-920-2855

Brandon Area Mobile Food Pantry                                         Darlys Rogers 319-474-2368​