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Melvin D. Brunssen, 85, Randolph

Posted: 10 January, 2017

Services for Melvin D. Brunssen, 85, Randolph, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. The Rev. Marc V. Lim of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierce will officiate with Deacon Doug Tunink. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Randolph with a 7:30 p.m. wake. Johnson Funeral Home of Randolph is in charge of the arrangements.
He died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Colonial Manor in Randolph.

Melvin Dale Brunssen was born Aug. 20, 1931, at Randolph, the son of Herman and Alvena (Thaden) Brunssen. He attended Cedar County District 38 near Randolph and graduated from Randolph High School in 1949. After graduation, Melvin farmed with his father northeast of Randolph until his father’s death. He continued farming there his whole life.

On Aug. 28, 1956, Melvin married Carol Ann Schleimer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Danbury, Iowa. He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are his spouse of 60 years, Carol Ann Brunssen of Randolph; five children, Steve and Sandi Brunssen of Henderson, Warren and Debbie Brunssen of Randolph, Alan Brunssen of Randolph, Pam and Phillip Monahan of Wayne and Carmen and Rick Clyde of Omaha; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Edward Bell of Des Moines, Iowa; three siblings, Alvin Brunssen of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Lorraine Meyer of York and Harold and Berdine Brunssen of Coleridge; two sisters-in-law, Marlene and Roger Jessen of Danbury, Iowa, and Joleen and Richard Miller of Omaha.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Ramona in 2008; two brothers-in-law, Robert Schleimer and Paul Meyer; and a sister-in-law, Marjory Brunssen.

Pallbearers will be Melvin’s grandsons: Jeremy Brunssen, Lucas Brunssen, Nick Monahan, Stephen Bell, Tyler Brunssen, Grant Brunssen and Dalton Clyde.

Honorary pallbearers will be Melvin’s granddaughters: Melissa Gittins, Rebecca Green, Tanya Huwaldt, Jessica Young, Clarissa Schumacher, Sarah Blohm, Andrea Gubbels and McKenna Clyde.

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