Emmett A. Brannon

Funeral services for Emmett A. Brannon, 85, of 2844 Kirkwood Ave., Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greene with Rev. Msgr. Walter Brunkan officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greene.

Visitation will be 4:00 -7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2008, at Reid’s Funeral Chapel, 519 North First Street, Greene. There will be a Scriptural Wake at 7:00 p.m.

Emmett Aloysious Brannon was born January 11, 1923, a son of Frank and Mary (Donovan) Brannon and died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at North Iowa Mercy Medical Center in Mason City of a brain hemorrhage.

He received his education at St. Williams School in AltaVista, Iowa. At the age of 13 he left school and started working for area farmers to earn his room and board. When Emmett was 18 he settled in the Roseville area and became a hired man for Matt Nixt.

He was united in marriage with Velma N. Gealow on September 14, 1957, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Charles City by Father Walter Brunkan. To this union five children were born. In July, 1963 Mr. Nixt passed away and Emmett continued to farm the Nixt ground. In 1965 Emmett purchased a Nixt farm near Marble Rock and began his own farming operation. He continued as an agriculturial producer while expanding his cattle, horse, and machinery sales. From his early childhood to recent years Emmett has maintained a passion for horses that was spurred by his father. His most recent hobby was buying and selling Farmall Tractors.

“EB”, as he was affectionately called by auctioneers and friends, was dedicated to his family. Emmett was a loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished special moments spent with his grandchildren. He was a proud Irishman and a faithful member of the Catholic Church.

His philosophy of farming leaned toward the old principles of agriculture, which he learned as a young boy. Emmett was up to date on grain prices, agricultural markets, and was a shrewd business man. He will be remembered as one who enjoyed buying new pickups with “maximum” chrome appeal. Wherever there was an auction, “EB” was sure to be there.

Living family members include his loving wife of 50 years, Velma of Greene; five children: Michael (Nancy) Brannon of Parkersburg, Patricia (Dale) Mennenga of Clarksville, Jacqueline (Michael) Kramer of Shell Rock, Thomas (Amy Heitland) Brannon of Sheffield, Phillip “PJ” Brannon of Greene; eleven Grandchildren: Jason Brannon, Candice Brannon, Brittany Brannon, Krista Mennenga, Kayla Mennenga, Emily Mennenga, Jeffrey Kramer, Jocelyn Kramer, Michelle Kramer, Derek Heitland, Deven Heitland; three sisters: Madonna Rogge of Waterloo, Euphrasia (Ray) Cornwell of Ankeny, Emogene Kohn of Dubuque.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Evelyn Marquette, three brothers: Francis Brannon, Virgil Brannon and James Brannon.