Dale E. Brand

Dale E. Brand, age 90, formerly of Clarion, passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Arbor Springs, a care facility in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Services will be held at 10:30AM Thursday, August 5, 2004 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 608 2nd Ave NE, in Clarion with Father David Beckman officiating.  Interment will be held at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Clarion. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00PM Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at the Ewing Dugger Funeral Home, 602 N Main, in Clarion with a prayer service being held at 7:00PM.  Viewing will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.

Dale was born April 10, 1914, to John and Minnie (Loffler) Brand in Wellsburg, Iowa.  His family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where Dale was raised and graduated from high school.  He received his undergraduate degree at Cornell College and completed graduate studies at Drake University.  In 1946, he married Betty Kohlhaas of Algona, and together they raised their family of seven children in Clarion.

Dale was a state champion wrestler for Fort Dodge High School, an outstanding football player and a 1937 NCAA wrestling champion for Cornell College.  He represented the United States on the 1936 Olympic Wrestling Team.  Dale was a high school social studies teacher and wrestling coach in Clarion for 30 years.  His teams compiled a record of 252-76-5 including 14 conference team championships and 23 individual state champions.  Twenty-two of his former wrestlers went on to become coaches.

Dale is a member of the Fort Dodge High School Hall of Fame, Cornell College Sports Hall of Fame, Iowa Athletic Association Coaches Hall of Fame, Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame, was awarded the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service to Amateur Wrestling Award and was named Iowa High School Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1972.

Dale spent four years in the military service during WWII, including combat service as a medical corpsman with the 3rd Armored Division.  He was a parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church in Clarion and also St. Pius in Urbandale.  Dale was active with the Clarion VFW post (serving as president), the Boy Scout organization and the community swimming pool where he taught hundreds of Clarion youth how to swim.  In addition, Dale was known by family and friends as one of the finest “catfishermen” in the state.

Dale is survived by his sons Phil (Becky) Brand of Port Angeles, Washington; Tom (Kara) Brand of Crockett, California; Bill (Lana) Brand of Marshalltown, Bob Brand of Ottawa, Kansas, daughter Beth (Bill) Harris of Urbandale, grandchildren Jason, Jenny, Molly, Tom, Angie, Michael, one great grandson Ryne, and one brother Darwin of Fort Dodge.  Dale was preceded in death by his wife Betty, sons; Steven and Michael, brothers; John, William, Donald, and one sister Dalorise.


Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2004
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Former Clarion Location
602 North Main Street, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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Date: Thursday, August 5, 2004
Time: 10:30 am
Where: St. John’s Catholic Church – Clarion
608 2nd Avenue North East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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