In Memory of

Harry Lester Brutsman

July 26, 1921 - December 14, 2011
Harry Lester Brutsman, the son of Harry and Gertrude Brutsman was born July 26, 1921, in Delaware County, Iowa. His childhood years were spent near Delhi, IA where he received his education. He graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi. Following his education, Harry served in the United States Army where he was a male nurse on a Navy ship and worked as a cook. On December 6, 1947, Harry was united in marriage to Geraldine Sunderlin in Delhi, IA. Harry worked at the Mental Health Institute in Independence, IA. His job brought him to Cherokee, IA in 1957, where he worked at the Cherokee MHI. In 1962, he went to work for the Cherokee Parks Department where he later became park custodian until his retirement in 1986. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. On December 14, 2011, St. Peter opened his gates for him to come home at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Gertrude Brutsman; 5 sisters: Ruby Miles, Dorothy House, Leota Dettbarn, Esther Ruddleston, and Doris Hines; and one brother, Louie Brutsman. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine Brutsman of Cherokee, IA; one son, Harry Jr. and his wife Nancy Brutsman of Cherokee, IA; and one step-grandson and his family, Kim and Cristy Meyer and their children, Kayla and Kemra of Dakota City, IA; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, December 17, 2011 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Rev. Magrey R. deVega
Jerry Pitcher Dean Rupp Kim Meyer Robert Brutsman Greg Stieneke Bob Warrender Honorary Bearers Terry Sunderlin Tim Sunderlin Bryon Pitcher
Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"The Old Rugged Cross" "In The Garden"
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa Military services will be provided by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of Cherokee.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“It has been my pleasure to remember often my favorite uncle who always teased me which bugged me but also pleased me. I am blessed to know him.”
- Laura Jane Hess
Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are coming your way in your time of sorrow. May you find comfort and peace in all of the wonderful memories that you have made over all the years. Harry was a good hearted man. God's blessings to all of you. ”
- Al and Dana (File) Kies
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Your family will be in our prayers. ”
- Bruce Williams
Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I so enjoyed working with Harry and visiting with him when he had Physical therapy. God Blessings”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Friday, December 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Harry & Nancy, So sorry to hear about your Dad. May your memories help you through this difficult time. You're in our thoughts & prayers! Kevin & Twyla Schmillen”
- Kevin Schmillen
Friday, December 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“It saddens me to here of Harrys passing!I have always talked about Harry and the job he gave me working for the Parks department in Chereokee. That was my first real job! I would like to think that job he got me put me on the road to where I am today as the head custodian of Irving elementary here in Waterloo Iowa! He will be missed! ”
- Kent L George
Friday, December 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Jr.& Nancy-

Our thoughts are with you.

Lori, Greg and Josi Solsaa”
- Lori L Solsaa
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