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Galen Conrad Brainard
April 9, 1914–October 25, 2009
Galen C. Brainard, 95, of Anamosa, died peacefully early Sunday morning, Oct. 25, 2009, at Silvercrest of Anamosa. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church, Anamosa, with a private family interment in Cass Center Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 until 7 tonight at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Memorials may be directed to the Cass Center Cemetery or First Congregational Church.
Surviving are three children, Jim (Louise) Brainard, Stilwell, Kan., Ann (Michael) Brainard-Belletire, Chicago, and Ross Brainard, Leawood, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlene; two brothers, Edward and Carlton; and two sisters, Esther Brainard and Geraldine Elliott.
Galen Conrad Brainard was born April 9, 1914, on the family farm in Cass Township, Jones County, Iowa. He was the son of George Morton and Emma Pfeil Brainard. He received his education in the Hickory Grove School and later at the Anamosa Community Schools. Galen then started farming with his father. In 1936, he took over the operation of the farm as the third generation on the farm started by his grandfather in 1876. He retired from active farming in 1976 and transferred ownership to the fourth generation, his sons, Jim and Ross, in 1982. He then was the farm manager until 2005 when he moved to Silvercrest. Galen C. Brainard and Arlene Johnson were married at Cresco on June 25, 1943. The couple spent their married life on the Brainard Family Farm. Arlene preceded him in death on Jan. 20, 2004.
Galen was a life long member of the Congregational Church. He first attended the Cass Congregational Church and later the First Congregational Church in Anamosa. He served as a deacon and the Men’s Association treasurer. He had also been a Cass Township Trustee and Clerk of Elections for 25 years and served on the Cass Township Rural Fire Department Board.
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