Clyde Edgar Brand was born on January 17, 1923 in Madison township, Clarke county, Iowa. He passed away at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on June 10, 2011 at the age of 88 years.
He was born the second child of 11 to Lewis Gerald and Madge Ramelle Crittenden Brand. He lived in Clarke and Union counties before moving to rural Mount Ayr in 1937. He graduated from Mount Ayr high school in 1939.
Following graduation, he farmed with his father and brothers. He married Ramona Reynolds on May 23, 1948. To this union four children were born, James Allen, David Eugene, Cynthia Ann and Gary Dean. He started Brand Standard Service in March of 1952 and continued operating it until it closed October 18, 1990. Not one to be idle, Clyde went to work for Dick Green, Kelly Main and Smith Oil. He enjoyed his family and visits from the grandchildren. He loved challenging them to cribbage matches and looked forward to all the new puzzles they challenged him with at Christmas. He was an avid book reader and enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with his son, son-in-law and grandsons. He was a charter member of the Dead Beat’s Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Merle and Gladys Reynolds; brothers, Harold and Dean; sister, Margaret; brothers-in-law, Ainslee Triggs, Robert Schafer, Lyle Gilliland, Walter Cobb, Frank Reynolds, Burl Reynolds and Dick Campbell, and sisters-in-law, Ginger Gaule, Jean Robertson and Deloris Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ramona Reynolds Brand; sons, James (wife Ruth) of Mount Ayr, Iowa, David (wife Ellen) of Audubon, Iowa and Gary (wife Linda) of Indianola, Iowa; daughter, Cynthia (husband Richard) Snethen of Redding, Iowa; sisters, Lois Triggs, Wilma Schafer, Jean Gilliland and Betty Cobb; brothers, Earl, Lee (wife Shirley) and Paul (wife Georgia); sisters and brothers-in-law, Raymond Gaule, Edgar (wife Dee) Robertson, Ron (wife Shari) Reynolds, Dorothy Campbell and Roena and Junior Dredge; grandchildren Kelly Jo Brand, Karen (Ryan) Murphy, Jennifer (Michael) Younts, Shelli Brand (friend Bob Testroet), Scott (April) Brand, Leigh Ann (Jim) Freeman, Travis (Julie) Snethen, Joe (Jess) Snethen, Edwin Brand, Nathaniel Brand, Andrew (Michelle) Brand, Jason Brand and Megan Brand; stepgrandchildren, Melissa (Scott) Byerly and Jennifer and Cindy Uhlman; great-grandchildren, Sarah and Zachary Robinson, Nicholas Newton, Demi Collins, Gabrielle and Alexander Younts, Alissa Brand, Emma and Marie Brand, Deva Freeman, Tanner and Jaynee Snethen, Rori, Vincent and Ellie Snethen and another due in July; great-great-grandchildren, Brookelynn Robinson, and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr Tuesday, June 14, 2011, with Rev. Skip Rushing officiating. Musicians included Mary Davenport, Margaret Bickers, Andy Trullinger and Deb Cannon.
Casket bearers were Travis Snethen, Edwin Brand, Joe Snethen, Nathan Brand, Jim Freeman, Andrew Brand, Scott Brand, Jason Brand, Ryan Murphy, Zachary Robinson, Bob Testroet, Nicholas Newton, Michael Younts, Tanner Snethen, Scott Byerly, Vincent Snethen and Alexander Younts.
Clyde was laid at rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.