Kenneth R. “K.R.” Brannian, age 85 of Brooklyn, Iowa, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 21, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church, Brooklyn with Rev. John Dodds officiating. Burial will be in Brooklyn Memorial Cemetery, Brooklyn. Visitation will be from 2 until 6 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Kloster Funeral Home in Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Brooklyn is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Esther of Brooklyn; two daughters, Jeanne Clayton (Rusty) of Brooklyn, Kim Bauman (Lyle) of Brooklyn, and one son Kurt (Kim) Brannian of Carlisle; six grandchildren, Lauren Dillon (Eric) of Chicago, Reed Clayton of Ames, Wyatt Bauman and Allison Bauman of Mt. Vernon, Brock Brannian and Holly Brannian of Carlisle. Also surviving are two brothers Keith and Donald Brannian of Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son David in infancy.
Kenneth Ross Brannian was born September 18, 1927 in rural Brooklyn, Iowa, the son of Ross and Elsie Elliott Brannian. He attended rural Brooklyn schools, Brooklyn High School, and school of life. He married Esther Ranfeld on August 16, 1950 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Kenn served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Kenn was a lifelong farmer. K.R. was a proud businessman. In 1968 K.R. became owner of Brannian Implement selling International Harvester and various Ag related equipment. He moved this business and developed Brooklyn 80 Restaurant and Standard.
K.R. enjoyed spending his free time going to car races in Knoxville, R.V.ing, Farm Progress Shows, and Bluegrass music. He especially loved his grandchildren