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Cecil Emil Branstetter was born on December 4, 1937, to Melvin and Loretta (Schmitz) Branstetter near Panama, Iowa. He grew up in the Westphalia area and then Woodbine. He graduated from Woodbine High School in 1956. Cecil served in the US Army for a couple of years. He worked for numerous farmers as a farmhand, then sold auto parts in Dunlap and worked at a service garage in Logan. Cecil married Charlene Dinsmore on March 12, 1960 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Woodbine. Cecil eventually started operating heavy equipment at the rock quarry in Logan and then from 1978 to 1998 had his own bulldozer business.
Cecil was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Logan, he really enjoyed operating a dozer, watching sports, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, fishing and ‘pickin and grinnin’. He enjoyed the social part of his cardiac rehab. More than anything, Cecil cherished the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
Cecil died on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the CHI Immanuel Hospital in Omaha at the age of 83 years, one month and 24 days.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Charlene; daughter Deb McCurley; grandson, Christopher Branstetter and four siblings, Dorothy Lefeber, Betty McKee, Donna Shafer and Dan Branstetter. He is survived by his two children, Joanie and her husband Pat Shields of Logan, Iowa and Mike Branstetter and his wife Tricia of Magnolia; five grandchildren, Amy (Tom) Schwertley of Logan, Doug (Kendra) Jipp of Logan, Jake (Becky) Branstetter of Woodbine, Cole Jacob of Montana and James (Lynzee) Branstetter of Omaha; six great grandchildren, Kasey, Chloe, Kaleb, Dalton, Layla and Leo; sister, Marietta Jacobs of Chisago, Minnesota; brother, Rick (Laura) Branstetter of Avoca, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.
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