March 7, 2012
10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 10, 2012
Covenant Reformed Church
Starting at noon Friday, March 9, 2012 at the
Pella Garden Chapel Funeral Home
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
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.
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
Mary and Darrel Kraayenbrink – Platte, South Dakota
Nathan and Briana Kraayenbrink
David and Tara Kraayenbrink
Sarah, Eli, Bailey, and Athena Kraayenbrink