Brandon Lee Volkens, 34, of rural Gladbrook, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Oak Leaf Country Club in Reinbeck, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck. Please Note: The family will ask for and require the wearing of masks from all who choose to come to either the memorial visitation and/or the memorial service, your compliance is greatly appreciated. Inurnment will be held privately at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Brandon was born on August 8, 1985, in Waterloo, Iowa, to his parents Mark and Diana (Halverson) Volkens. He was raised in rural Gladbrook and graduated from Gladbrook Reinbeck High School in the class of 2004. After graduation he attended one year of college at Hawkeye Tech. He then went to work at PCI for a year while also working the family farm with his father. Brandon then joined and was an integral part of the operation of the family farm. His father remembers Brandon’s knowledge in the modern technology of the equipment was invaluable. Brandon was married to Natalie Peters and together they welcomed their beautiful daughters Alexis Mae and Willow Pauline into their family. The couple later divorced.
Brandon loved his career as a farmer. He enjoyed his trips to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he would ride ATVs. He enjoyed golfing, deer hunting and supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes; especially the football and basketball teams. Brandon loved animals, country music and was an avid video game, gamer. He made lasting friendships online with other gamers that meant so much to him. However, Brandon’s true joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his little girls. He loved them so much and cherished all the time they spent playing together. He will be missed and long remembered.
Brandon is survived by his parents Mark and Diana Volkens; grandparents Richard and Romagene Volkens; daughters Alexis and Willow Volkens; sister Melissa (Tyler) Blohm; nephews Tyson & Dustin Blohm and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Harold and Pauline Halverson; 1 uncle and 2 aunts.