Issue # 110                                                                                              April, May, June 2018


BRANDON DAYS- Aug 3, 4, 5 2018: 

Parade theme this year is “Pirates”. So get your thinking caps on and design your parade entry with this particular theme in mind.  Who are your favorite pirates…. Jack Sparrow, Jake the Pirate, Peter Pan???


The Brandon Area Community Club is currently raising funds for a new modern concession stand at the City Park.   The construction will continue as soon as the weather permits.  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.


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

BACC had signup for ALL players interested in either Baseball or Softball on Sunday March 11th at the Brandon Area Community Center.  If you missed registration the cost of registration is $20 per player and $27 per jersey.   If you could not attend please contact your coach from last year and make arrangements with Denise Lehman 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.



 April 15-21, 2018. National Volunteer Week, brought to you by Points of Light, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their ... National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.  Volunteers come in many ages, shapes and sizes, with many gifts, talents, and skills to share. It is truly a rewarding and enjoyable experience for both you and those you are reaching out to help. Special thanks to all those volunteers!



The Brandon Kwik Stop is going through some changes in the services provided to the community.

They have stopped selling gasoline for the time being.  They have added to their usual inventory in the store and will be selling discount items.  Please stop in and support this local business.



Ronnie Albert is a resident at West Campus of ABCM Care Center, Independence.  Please take time to send a note or card. 1630 3rd St. NE, Independence, Iowa 50644.





Several area youth recently qualified for the State Archery Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa held March 10 and 11, 2018.  1850 youth from across Iowa competed in the two day tournament held at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.   Independence High School team finished 11th out of 28 teams. The Middle School finished 20th out of 28 and the Elementary School finished 9th out of 13 teams.

Justin Schmadeke, Brandon, qualified at the Middle School level (grades 6, 7,8th).  This was Justin’s second trip to state, he scored 276 points.  He finished the tournament ranked 13th in the 7th grade boys division. Jenna and Grace Schmadeke made their first appearance at state, scoring 223 and 264 respectively. Grace’s score at state was her personal best. Parents of the three are Andrea and Paul Schmadeke.  Grandparents are Joe and Rita Schmadeke and Bob and Mary Anderson, all of Waterloo. 


Seth Stacy, Brandon, qualified for the State Tournament also. This is Seth's third year in archery and his second year competing at the State Tournament. Seth is the son of Theresa and Guy Stacy and Grandchild of Pat and Cliff Stacy, Brandon and Carrol and Shirley Himes, Cedar Rapids.


Charlotte Halligan completed her first year of shooting archery and she made her first appearance at State tournament.  She scored her personal best, 241 at the tournament.  Charlotte’s parents are Dennis and Eve Halligan.  Her grandparents are Mike and Sue Halligan, Brandon and Charles and Rachael Lampson.


Ellie Nabholz qualified for the state tournament in her first year of competition.  She scored 248 at the tournament.  Ellie enjoyed her first year and plans to continue participating in this sport. Ellie’s parents are Stacy and Chris Nabholz, Brandon.  Grandparents are Karen and Loy McLaughlin and the late Lewis Nabholz and the late Ruth and Jaron Sweet.  She would like to thank Coach Paul Schmadeke for doing a fantastic job coaching the kids.


Owen Miller qualified for the State tournament in the elementary division.  He scored a 241.  He ended with a rank of 14 out of 81 4th grade boys. Owen is the son of Wyatt and Amanda Miller, Brandon.  Grandparents are Beth Carlson and Jim and Sally Leider.


Siblings, Grant and Derrick Toale competed in the State archery tournament representing Independence and St. John’s, respectively. This was Grant’s 4th year and Derrick’s second year of archery and their second year competing at state.  They finished the season with commendable scores at State. Competing at the high school level was Grant who is in 9th grade; he finished with a score of 265. Derrick also competed at the middle school level and is in 7th grade, he finished with a score of 234. Their parents are Brooke and John Long, Rowley and Mark and Lacey Toale, Independence.  Grandparents are Kim and Darrel Brunko, Brandon, Marty Toale and the late Don Toale, Independence and Jim and Martha Long, Vinton.



The quilting ladies are busy working on the quilt they plan to donate to the Brandon Days Auction. Each year the ladies choose one local organization or individual to donate the proceeds from the sale of the quilt. 



The Brandon Historical Society will resume repairs on the front sidewalk as soon as the weather permits. The continue work on remodeling the west display room.  They welcome volunteers to help with their projects, if you have an interest in volunteering please contact Marlene Brown 319-210-1678.
Cowboy breakfast will be Sunday, September 16, 2018 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.

Bags (Corn hole) Tournaments


The Brandon Area Community Club is sponsoring Bean bag tournaments on a monthly basis at the Brandon Area Community Center.  The event is purely for fun and entertainment and everyone is invited to attend.  The cost is $5 per person and we draw for partners.  

Final Tournament for the year is April 8th at 4:30 pm

We are planning to resume the tournaments monthly in October.  Thanks for participating!



The BACC would like to thank the over 125 people that came out on February 17, 2018 to enjoy the entertainment provided by David Malmberg.   The ticket sales were designated to new concession stand fund and we geared the entertainment towards the whole family.  Every penny helps and we thank you all for your continued support of this project.




The morning of our Fish Fry found us in the middle of a snow storm. By mid afternoon it had quit snowing and the skies partially cleared and the sun tried to shine. We were ready to hold our 51st Annual Fish Fry.

We would like to thank everyone who braved the wintry weather and made our Fish Fry a success. We served 340 people. According to our zip code survey we had people come from 23 surrounding towns and we had people attend that were from Texas and Minnesota.

The club uses the proceeds from the Fish Fry help sponsor the Buchanan County Area Conservation and Natural Resources Scholarship and other conservation and community projects.





Lyle Luloff, formerly of Brandon, but now lives in Fairbank celebrated his 100th birthday February 10, 2018 with an open house at the Senior Center in Independence. Lyle farmed north of Brandon for many years and was named Outstanding Farmer in 1952. He served as Township Trustee for many years before retiring from farming and moving to Independence. Lyle drove his Farmall tractor in the Brandon Days Parade for many years and participated in many tractor cades. Lyle and Ivadell will be celebrating their 78th wedding anniversary on March 23.  Cards can be sent to P.O. Box

114 Forest St., Fairbank, Iowa 50629




Esther Little will be celebrating her 95th Birthday on May 18, 2018. Esther is now a resident of the Iowa Veteran’s Home. Esther and her late husband Sid were longtime residents of Brandon and own and operated Sid’s DX station. Local resident Mike (Beth) Little is Sid and Esther’s son.   Please take time to send her a note or card.  Esther Little, Iowa Veteran’s Home, Malloy 2 North, Room 217A, 301 Summit Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158






The Brandon Area Community Club would like to thank Cindy Clark for delivering the Brandon Bee II four times each year.  Cindy is always a willing volunteer and we appreciate her taking her time and walking throughout the town to deliver an issue to each and every household.  Copies are also mailed to over 60 former and current Brandonites. Thanks to Tess Erger for supplying the envelopes and postage for these mailings.  Copies of the Bee are also available for pick-up at the Brandon Church of Christ, Brandon Methodist Church or the Brandon Kwik Stop.


Thank you to the Brandon Community for your support and attendance at our recent community supper held on March 10th. 

Being part of a caring society with common interests builds strength in our likeness as we fellowship together.

We were very pleased with the good turnout and trust you were blessed by the meal and the gospel music. Thank you for coming ~ Brandon United Methodist Church



           The BASH program at the Brandon United Methodist church last session for the 2017/18 school year will be on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Parents are invited to join us at 5:30 pm for supper and program.  Pastor Mike Ferguson will be presenting the program for the evening.


The Brandon United Methodist Youth Group members had a big day on Sunday, March 4, when they held their annual fundraiser. They decided to have a Baked Potato Bar with all the fixings with a freewill donation. It was a great success with proceeds of $622 shared between the Brandon Church and the BACC Concession Stand. Thank you to the Brandon Church family and the community for all your support!
On Sunday, March 25, youth members performed a skit titled Palm Sunday Live and assisted Pastor Mike Ferguson during a special Palm Sunday church service.
More activities are in the works, so please call Rachel at 319-551-4794 or Dawnye at 319-334-0163 on how to get involved!


The Brandon United Methodist Church had their annual Pancake Breakfast and Bake sale on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  Breakfast was served from 7 am to 10:30 am at the Church located at 507 Main Street, Brandon.   Pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham, orange juice, apple juice and coffee were served. Free will offering.   Members of the church offered a wide variety of baked goods and some crafts for sale.  Thank you to everyone that helped to make this event a success.


Contact information for the Brandon United Methodist Church:
507 Main Street

Pastor Mike Ferguson                               
319-474-2362   Pastor’s cell phone number 319-930-0234
Sunday School is at 9:00 am (Adult classes 8:45 am) Fellowship time is 09:45- 10 am. Worship service begins at 10:00 am. Handicap accessible.




April 1st Easter Service: 10:00 am


April 21st  the Brandon Church of Christ will be hosting the Punch family from Missouri.

They will hold a performance at 6 pm.  The Punch family have been highly recognized and won numerous awards for their bluegrass gospel.  Come and enjoy this great entertainment suitable for the whole family.


Contact information for the Brandon Church of Christ

306 East Street

Pastor Lenny Powers



Sunday School is at 9:30 am with Worship at 10:30 am. Handicap accessible




The annual Memorial Day Services will be held at the Bear Creek Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.  From 7:30- 10:30 a.m., coffee, rolls and juice will be served at the church.  Historian’s books will be available for your viewing. Book #2 has recently been updated.  Everyone is invited.



Be careful of makers- some are old.  Don’t climb or push on them, or you will pay to repair them.  Don’t remove anything from the cemetery.  Be respectful, no running or yelling.  Be courteous to other cemetery visitors.  Respect the graves; they are private property and someone’s final resting place.

“The cemetery is a window to our culture.”



Tucker Chorpening,  rural Brandon, will graduate from Independence Jr/Sr High School, Independence, Iowa on Sunday, May 20, 2018.  Tucker is the son of Curt and Carla Chorpening.

His grandparents are Eugene Schmit, Gilbertville, IA; Cheryl Jennings, Belle Plaine, IA;

Phil and Shirley Chorpening, Wapello, IA.   Tucker participated in many activities in high school including Cross Country, Marching Band, Macy's Great American Marching Band in NYC, Indee Drumline Section Leader , Jazz Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Musical, Student Council Representative, National Honor Society President, Ranked 1st in class (4.0 GPA),Track, Swimming

Tennis, Speech, Silver Cord, Junior Year Prom Prince, and Senior Year Homecoming King.


Tuckers future plans are to attend the University of Iowa to double major in Journalism and Mass Communications and Cinema in hopes of becoming an entertainment journalist/advertising head. Tucker also plans on auditioning for the Hawkeye Marching Band Drumline.


Tayten Freidhof,  Independence, will graduate from Independence Jr/Sr High School, Independence, Iowa on Sunday, May 20, 2018.  Tayten is the son of Amee (Anderson) and JR Freidhof and Tim Brockling.   His grandparents are Scott and Joyce Anderson, Brandon, Donna and Mike Freidhof and Jim and Jean Brockling.  Tayten participated in Football, Baseball, Wrestling and Bass Club while in High School.   He was second team all district in 2017 Football season and a district qualifier in wrestling in 2018 season.  Tayten’s future plans include attending the University of Northern Iowa.




Nicole Stephens, Brandon, will graduate from Independence Jr/Sr High School, Independence, Iowa on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Nichole is the daughter of Eric and Amy Stephens.  Her grandparents are Mary and Joe Robinson, Rex and Cheryl Stephens and Roxie and Ed Wood.

Nicole plans to attend Kirkwood Community College after graduation and study Liberal Arts. Nicole participated in volleyball and softball for all 4 years of high school.  She was the team captain for basketball and was awarded an athletic academic excellence award.


Ethan Horak, Rowley, will graduate on May 27, 2018 from Vinton High School, Vinton, Iowa.

Ethan is the son of Matt and Jen Horak and Emily and Corey Oldfather.  Grandparents are Luann Horak and Dale and Andrea Peterson.  Ethan participated in FFA during high school and received his Iowa FFA Degree.  Ethan’s plans to attend Hawkeye Community College and study Ag Business Management.


Collin Bantz, Rowley, will graduate on May 27, 2018 from Center Point/ Urbana High School.

Collin is the son of Carrie and Curt Bantz.  His grandparents are Deanna Abernathey and Francis Bantz.  Collin has enlisted in the Navy and will leave for Basic Training in July.


Brexton Miller, Brandon, will graduate on May 20, 2018 from Independence Jr/Sr High School, Independence, Iowa.  He is the son of Amanda and Wyatt Miller and Brad and the late Jennifer Hunziker.  Brexton has joined the Iowa National Guard and will be pursuing a career as an Information Technology Specialist. Brexton will be heading to Georgia for training this August. Brexton plans to continue his education and attend Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids once he returns from basic training.


Savannah Walvatne/Clark, Rowley, daughter of Emily and Adam Clark will graduate from Union High School, La Porte City, Iowa on May 20, 2018.  Savannah’s future plans include attending the University of Northern Iowa and will major in early Elementary education.  She is the granddaughter of Phyllis and the late Mike Clark, Ron and Florence Parks and Paul and Dee Westberg.  Savannah participated in Tennis and was on the Honor Roll all 4 years of High School.


Cameron Bantz, Rowley, will graduate on May 11, 2018 from Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa with a degree in Ag Diesel Technology.  Cameron is the son of Carrie and Curt Bantz.  His grandparents are Deanna Abernathey and Francis Bantz.   Cameron plans to continue to raise beef cattle and find a tech position in the area.




Brooke Clark and Corey Hewitt exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Electric Park Ballroom, Waterloo, Iowa.  The torrential rain forced the couple to move their ceremony from Hickory Hills Park, La Porte City to the Electric Park Ballroom.  The reception and dance followed the ceremony.  A fun evening was had by all who attended.  Brooke and Corey reside in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Brooke is Operations Manager and Corey is a Stock Control Specialist at Nordstrom Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   Brooke is the daughter of Becky  and Rory Clark, La Porte City.  Corey is the son of Mike and Julie Hewitt of Fort Dodge.  The bride’s grandparents are Barb and Glen Larson of La Porte City and Berniece and the late Kessler Clark of Brandon.







Leland “Lee” Floyd, age 85, died Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Windsor Manor in Vinton.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 am, Monday, March 26, 2018 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Garrison with Rev. Mark Leckband officiating.  Interment will be held at the Garrison Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the Geo G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 and Iowa Military Honors. 

Lee was born on November 2, 1932 in Benton County, the son of Burnace and Luella (Whitson) Floyd.  On August 14, 1953, he was united in marriage to Arlene Schutterle at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vinton.  He served his Country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Lee served as the head of transportation for Vinton Community Schools for over 30 years.

He loved to fish and spend time at the family cabin on Leach Lake in Minnesota.  He enjoyed following the Hawkeyes, working on old cars and tractors and especially spending time with his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his daughters, Debra (James) Fleming of Garrison, Rebecca (Richard) Mollenhauer of Central City and Barbara (Tiger) Campbell of Vinton; his grandchildren, Sherri (Matt) Lampe of Garrison, Scott (Louise) Fleming of Mt. Auburn, Roni (Josh) Frye of Garrison, Jamee (Andy) Erger of Brandon, Kacie Campbell of Vinton, Drew Mollenhauer and Lane Mollenhauer, both of Central City; his great-grandchildren, Christopher , Alana, Katelyn and Madison Fleming, Elisabeth Lampe, Klay, Harlan and Oakley Frye, Kayleigh, Amiliah and Davennah Erger and 1 on the way; his sister, Pam McGrane and brother Ronald Gunn both of Cedar Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Arlene in 2011; his sister Jean Byerly and his great-granddaughter Emma Lampe.


Thelma Gutknecht, 88, of Dike, Iowa, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her home in Dike.  She was born February 17,1929 the daughter of Emil and Julia (Bruhn) Bauer in Dumont. Thelma married William F. Gutknecht February 22, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church, rural Hudson. He preceded her in death in 1995. Before her retirement she worked for Porters Photography. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for 25 years.  She was very proud to be a homemaker. Thelma loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.

Thelma is survived by one son, Billy (Lori) Gutknecht, of Dike; two daughters, Barbara (Ron) Boyer and Sharon (Walter) Bauer, both of Brandon; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Courtney) Larsen, Chad (Penny) Bauer, Jennifer (Brad) Leuwerke, Jared (Heather) Gutknecht, Luke, Brett, and Marissa Gutknecht; five great grandchildren and two step grandchildren, Tina (Scott) White and Martin (Virginia) Boyer and their families; and one brother, Leonard Bauer, of Cedar Falls and one sister in law, Donna Dufel of, Hudson. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Gerald and Roger Bauer, one sister, Berniece Hesse, and one infant granddaughter, Hiliary Boyer.   

Funeral services were Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, with burial in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, both in rural Hudson.













Nancy Ann Merrifield Brown, 69, of Independence, Iowa, formerly of Troy Mills, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 26, 2018, at her home. Memorial Service were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the funeral home conducted by Reverend Sherri Andersen. Burial at Troy Mills Cemetery, Troy Mills.

Nancy was born July 15, 1948, in Troy Mills, Iowa, the daughter of Lynn and Grace (VanMilligan) Merrifield. She graduated in 1966 from North Linn High School in Troy Mills. Nancy was employed at North Linn Schools and Hunters Specialties. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children, Darrell (Christine) Brown of Independence, Steve Brown of Independence, Laurie Brown (Jeff McDonald) of Quasqueton, Peggy Mikesell (John Fennern) of Cedar Rapids, Tanya (Billy) McGonigle of Waterloo, Shawn (Megan) Brown of Independence, Charles (Ruth) Brown of Dubuque, Michael (Joan) Brown of Brandon and Daniel (Wendy) Brown of Winthrop; sister, Trish (Darwin) Merrifield Harmening of Bertrum; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James Merrifield and Thomas Merrifield; two sisters, Sharon Bowers and Kathy Fuller; and two step-daughters, Penny Bailey and Vicky Cornwell.


Jacob John Lake, son of Jessica L. and James M. Lake, was stillborn on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.


He is survived by his parents, Jessica and James of Independence, 3 sisters, Jenavieve Lake, Juliana Lake, and Jaclynn Lake, all at home, his grandparents, Sue and Bill Lake of Independence, Phyllis and Randall Tansey of Brandon, IA, and 1 great grandmother, Shirley Bylund of Audubon, Iowa.


He was preceded in death by his brother, Jonah M. Lake, in infancy.


Verna Mae Hepker Johnson, 90 years old, of Independence, Iowa, entered into her eternal rest on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Lexington Estate in Independence. 

She was born on July 11, 1927, in a country home near Brandon, Iowa, the youngest of 6 children born to Charles and Maggie (Miller) Hepker.  She spent all her life on a farm and attended rural schools.  She graduated from high school in Urbana, Iowa.  On June 15, 1947, she was united in marriage to John C. Johnson of Brandon, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  They farmed in the Brandon area until the 1980’s.

She is survived by 3 daughters, Donna (Max) Betenbender of Coggon, Iowa, Judy (Gary) Wilson of Independence, and Marilyn Johnson of Brandon, 1 son, Randy Johnson of Brandon, 2 grandsons, Michael J. Wilson and Lucas Corbett, 5 granddaughters, Teresa Betenbender, Nicole Sehgal, Heidi Shannon, Ashley Osborne, Brandon, Iowa and Heather Johnson, Brandon, Iowa; 10 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband (in 1988) 4 brothers, 1 sister, and 2 grandsons, Ted Betenbender and Christopher Wilson.

A Celebration of Life was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the White Funeral Home in Independence with burial following at Wilson Cemetery in Independence. 



Donald Walter Roepke, 73 years old of Brandon, IA, died Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA.


Funeral services were held Friday, January 26, 2018, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Independence, IA, with Rev. Michael G. Holmen officiating.  Burial will be at the Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, IA, with Military Rites conducted by Smith-Geater VFW Post # 8884 of Vinton, IA.   Memorials will be directed to the VFW Post # 8884 of Vinton for the Voice of Democracy Program of which Don was active in.


Donald was born August 9, 1944, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Walter Stephen Roepke and Carolyn Doris (Jakway) Roepke.  He graduated from Oelwein High School in 1961.  Later in 1961, Don entered the United States Navy and served for 20 years.  His service included time on aircraft carriers and was during the Vietnam War.  Following his Navy years he was employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids as a technical writer.  He was first married to Margaret Spence and together they had five children, James, Maureen, Leslee, Gustav and Glenn.  They later divorced.  On September 30, 1983, Donald and Donna Marie Rogers were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Jesup, IA, and they were blessed with a daughter Amanda, and have enjoyed their years together.


Don is survived by his wife, Donna of Brandon; two sons, James Roepke of Haughton LA, Gustav (Theresa) Roepke of Santa Monica, CA; three daughters, Maureen Roepke of Cedar Rapids, Leslee Roepke of Waterloo, IA, and Amanda (Andrew) Johnson of Rowley, IA; 13 grandchildren, Ethan Roepke, Wyatt Roepke, Brianne Roepke, Adam Roepke, Charles “Mitchell” Carpenter, Cole Carpenter, Cameron Carpenter, Gunnar Roepke, Ashley Roepke, Isabella Johnson, Roman Johnson, Abigayle Johnson and Phillip Johnson; one brother, Leland Roepke (Kate Hemingway) of Aurora, IA, two sisters, Annette (Bill) Reimer of Elkader, IA, Mary (Duane) Gerstenberger of Seattle, WA.


His parents, Walter Roepke and Carolyn Roepke Brandt; two brothers, William and Kenneth Roepke and one son Glenn Roepke (in infancy), preceded him in death.


Donald C. Boies, 91, of Cedar Rapids, IA died January 3, 2018 at the Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Donald was born September 11, 1926 at the family home in Rowley, IA. He was the eighth of nine children born to H. Glen and Leta (Gaylord) Boies. He attended schools in Brandon, Independence, Aurora, and Winthrop. After graduating from Winthrop High School in 1944 he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Following military service, he farmed north of Winthrop for several years. In September of 1952 he married Therma Jean Stohr in Waterloo, IA. The couple made their home in Cedar Rapids and spent their careers working at Collins Radio, later Rockwell-Collins. Don and Therma had a vibrant social life. They belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles, enjoyed meeting with friends at a quiet local pub, and entertaining in their home. Don was a long-time member of the American Legion Post 298. He looked forward each year to the opening of pheasant season and hunting with family and friends. He was an avid gardener and was especially proud of his perfectly manicured lawn.
Therma died in 1995, Donald moved to Cottage Grove Place in Cedar Rapids in 2012 and lived there for the remainder of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, three sisters; Marion McNeal, June Benz, and Burnita Reed, and five brothers Horace, Gaylord, Herbert (killed in Germany, WW2 and buried in Holland), Robert, and Richard Boies. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Lois Boies of Oelwein, and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service were held on Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 11 AM at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.




Donald W. Applegarth, 79, formerly of Brandon and Vinton area passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  Private family services will be held at a later date.


Don was born August 29, 1938 in northern Benton County, Iowa in the family home located at Lake Minne Estema.  He was the son of Lester and Isabel (Davis) Applegarth.


As a young person, Don helped his parents on the farm, as was customary in rural Iowa in that era.

He graduated with 19 classmates from Brandon High School in 1956.


On April 20, 1957, Don was united in marriage to Judy Hazeltine at the Brandon Church of Christ.  The family moved to Florida in 1982, where Don was a self employed painter for 15 years, then went into the aluminum gutter business for an additional 15 years.


In his leisure time, Don enjoyed boating, fishing and playing cards.


He is survived by three sons, Dennis of Vinton, David and Ronald, both of Florida and one daughter Janet Roster of Florida, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Don was preceded in death by his wife Judy in 2009, his parents, a brother Robert, and a son-in-law Miles Toolan.

Cards may be sent to the family at 1044 Alton Rd., Fort Charlotte, FL. 33953.


George Rogers, 81, of Mason City, formerly of Fredericksburg and New Hampton, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at The Good Shepherd Health Center. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Wednesday March 28, 2018, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 120 1st St. NE, with Rev. Canon Elliot Blackburn officiating.


George Henry Rogers was born on November 14, 1936, in Fayette, Iowa, to Austin and Gladys (Schlatter) Rogers. He grew up in Fredericksburg and graduated from high school there in 1955. George married Donna Briggs on August 8, 1958, in Nashua at the Little Brown Church. He worked at Meinerz Creameryeatrice Foods for over 40 years. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Mason City. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and volunteered for several years for Community Kitchen and Meals on Wheels.


George is survived by his wife, Donna, Mason City, and his 3 children, Lori (Ron) Anderson, Dodge Center, MN, Timothy (Karen) Rogers, Le Mars, IA, and Todd (Angela) Rogers, Mediapolis, IA. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Nicholas, Heather, Benjamin, Molly, Caitlin, Adam, Derek, Tyler, and Mackenzie, and 6 great grandchildren, Peyton, Meyson, Alexis, Graham, Isabella, and Oscar. Also surviving are his sister, Dorothy (Raymond) Harrison, 2 brothers, Bob (Florence) Rogers, Paul (Darlys) Rogers, and 2 sisters-in-law, Wanda Rogers and Gloria Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Ronald and Gerald.










Patrick Michael Schmit, 53, of Elk Run Heights, died Friday, March 23, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital.

He was born Feb. 26, 1965, in Waterloo, son of Eugene and Beverly Takin Schmit. He married Brenda Weber on June 28, 1986, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville.

Pat graduated from Don Bosco High School. After graduation, he worked for Omega Cabinetry as a wood worker where he stayed for 24 years, until moving on to work for Becker Cabinetry.


Survived by: his wife; two sons, Mitchell (Jill Kobbe) of Cedar Rapids and Austin of West Des Moines; a daughter, Olivia Schmit of Cedar Falls; his father, Eugene of Gilbertville; four siblings, Angie McClain of Ames, Dana (Becky) Schmit of Jesup, Carla (Curt) Chorpening of Bandon and Thomas Schmit of Denver; and parents-in-law, Allen and JoAnn Weber.


Preceded in death by: his son, Dillon; a brother, Charles; and his mother, Beverly.


Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, both in Gilbertville.


Memorials: may be directed to the Church, the Bosco System or the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Faith and family came first! Spending time with his family and friends was priority. He loved the outdoors. Bow hunting, turkey hunting and fishing were his favorites, not to mention the pride he took in his wood work!



Amy and Ashlee Thomas daughters of Brian “Buddy” and Kelly Thomas recently competed at the State AAU volleyball tournament.  Amy and her teammates placed in the silver bracket in the tournament held in Orange City.  Ashlee and her teammates also placed in the silver bracket in the tournament held in Marshalltown.  Great finish to their volleyball season.



Ross and Shirley Wiley, Rosalie Krause, Barb and Glen Larson and Roger Bistline in memory of Roxann Bistline.

The deadline for the July, August, September issue of the Brandon Bee is due by June 15, 2018
Editors’ note: Please submit your information to the Brandon Bee to Denise: or 3326 Hamilton Ave., Rowley, IA 52329. Teresa: or 3221 Dugan Ave., Brandon, IA 52210. Complete issues of the Brandon Bee II will now be published on the Brandon Area Community Club’s website at








1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 cups chopped rhubarb

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Mix until crumbly and pat into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan.

In a medium bowl, toss together the chopped rhubarb, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Pour onto crust. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Pour over hot rhubarb in the pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Cover with sour cream topping while still hot.

To make the sour cream topping: In a small bowl, combine 1 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well and spread on top of cake.