Garden Chapel

Raymond J. Brand

March 7, 2012
Pella, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012
Covenant Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Starting at noon Friday, March 9, 2012 at the
Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.

Mid-America Seminary

Oakwood Cemetery
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Raymond J. Brand
Pella, Iowa
(Age 96)

September 4, 1915 - March 7, 2012

Raymond Jacob Brand was born on September 4, 1915 to Ira and Sarah Lautenbach Brand near Sully, Iowa. He graduated from Sully High School in 1932. On April 18, 1945 Raymond was united in marriage with Harriet Evelyn Stek. They were blessed with five children: Joyce, Carolyn, Ivan, Gordon, and Mary. Raymond farmed all of his working life. He and Harriet operated a dairy farm west of Lacey, Iowa for thirty-one years, retiring December 4, 1980. After retiring he enjoyed traveling, woodworking, and reading, but most of all, he enjoyed visits from his family. He was able to live in his own home until shortly before his death on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.

Raymond was a member of the Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa, where he served several terms as an elder and deacon. After moving to Pella he became a member of the First Christian Reformed Church and later a charter member of the Covenant Reformed Church.

Raymond committed his life to the Lord at a young age and never wavered. He was wise, gentle, kind, slow to anger, patient, honest, loving, and generous, always looking out for the interests of others. His life was truly a blessing and an inspiration to his children and indeed to all who knew him.

Preceding him in death were: his parents, Ira and Sarah Brand; sisters, Irene (Ernest) Graham and Vera (Bill) Vos; brother, Carroll Brand; parents-in-law, William and Gertie Stek; brothers-in-law, Gordon Stek, Edward Van Gilst and John H. Stek.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of almost sixty-seven years, Harriet; his five children and their spouses; twenty-one grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Brand, Clarissa Rozenboom and her husband Gerald, Kathryn Van Gilst, and Nadine Stek.

Raymond's family:

Wife: Harriet Brand – Pella, Iowa

Joyce and Marvin L. Van Haaften – Pella, Iowa
            Sharon and Timothy Van Roekel
                        Ryan (Erin) Van Roekel
                        Renee and Rachel Van Roekel
            David and Patty Van Haaften
                        Zachary and Barry Van Haaften
            Lois and Jeff Vroom
                        Josie and Nicholas Vroom
            Mary Van Haaften and Darren Richard
                        Ava and Madeleine Richard
            Esther and Brent Vander Waal
                        Lewis and Lauren Vander Waal

Carolyn and Alvin Ver Meer – Leighton, Iowa
            Steven Ver Meer
            Brian and Denise Ver Meer
                        Nathan, Alex, and Daniel Ver Meer
            Anita and Kory Fischer
                        Jaci, Brandon, and Carlee Fischer

Ivan and Ruth Brand – Holland, Michigan
            Rachel Brand and Jonathan Cohn
                        Willem and Gerrit Cohn
            Thomas Brand and Carrie Vander Zwaag
            Deborah and Neal Hansel
                        Megan, Noelle, Lauren, and Grace Hansel
            Andrew and Rebecca Brand
                        Alyssa, Madison, and Seth Brand

Gordon and Beth Brand – Newton, Iowa
            Heidi and Andrew Dunham
            Elizabeth and Theo Mobach
            Heather Brand

Mary and Darrel Kraayenbrink – Platte, South Dakota
            Nathan and Briana Kraayenbrink
            David and Tara Kraayenbrink
            Sarah, Eli, Bailey, and Athena Kraayenbrink

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