In Memory of

Brian D. Cedar

October 25, 1961 - September 24, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

 Brian David Cedar, the son of Leonard and Alice (Kirchoff) Cedar was born October 25, 1961, in Cherokee, IA. He was Baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Aurelia, IA, where he attended school and worked for Maple Valley Wood Shavings. He played baseball and football through junior high and high school. Brian graduated from Aurelia High School class of 1980. Following school, Brian continued working at Maple Valley for several years. He then worked for Reinert’s Welding for 13 years. In 1997, he went to work for Pioneer Seed Company in Aurelia, IA, and most recently was working at Hy-Vee Distribution Center since December or 2012.

 Brian was united in marriage to Janet Means on February 8, 1993. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Paige and Adam.

 Brian attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church, rural Cherokee, IA. He loved sports and could always be seen at every home baseball game sitting under his favorite tree chatting it up with his dear friend, Kenny Bern. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye, Cherokee Brave, Miami Dolphin, and St. Louis Cardinals fan, he enjoyed being a coach, being a father, doing yard and house work, teaching Paige and Adam about being homeowners, and watching birds in his free time. He also enjoyed baseball league is his younger years, he was a pool shark, played golf, and liked to travel.  He especially loved his trip to Alaska with his high school friends. Most of all, he loved the time spent with his children, family, and friends. 

 On Friday, September 24, 2021, Brian passed away at Mercy One hospital in Sioux City. Following his passing, he gave the gift of life to several other people by being an organ donor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Alice Cedar; grandparents, David and Anna Cedar, and Lester and Grace Kirchoff; and many aunts and uncles.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his children, Paige Cedar of Cherokee, IA; and Adam Cedar and Kaely Hummel of Sioux Falls, SD; three siblings, Allan Cedar of Aurelia, IA; Cheryl (Kurt) Peterson of Aurelia, IA, and Julia (Steve) Wharton of Cherokee, IA nieces and nephews, Anna Wharton (Significant other Dylan Rolfes) and their daughter, Allayah. Ashley, Evan, Christopher, and Cara Wharton, Josh (Kristin) Cedar and their children, Maeryn, Clair, Chloe, and Mika, Cody (Katie) Cedar and their children, Elsie and Quinn, Nick (Mary) Cedar, Justin Peterson and his Children, Aiden and Jackson, and Kolin (Emily) Peterson and their daughter, Charlotte; he is also survived by many cousins, and friends.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021, at Kenny Bern Baseball Field in Cherokee, IA. If you would like assistance walking down to the field, please let one of our assistants know and we will be happy to assist you.

Brian's funeral service will be livestreamed on the funeral home website.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Brian's name to be used for future projects and organizations dear to him.

Pastor Jonathan Riggert
Cody Cedar
Josh Cedar
Nick Cedar
Justin Peterson
Kolin Peterson
Christopher Wharton
Kevin Cedar
Dean Gravenish

Honorary Bearers
Kenny Bern
Hank Hayes
Bill Swanson
Bill Boger
Brian Mohn
Joel Thevenin
Carol Leihahl
Rod Fitzgerald
Brent Berry
Dennis Pingel
Public visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Friday evening at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Liberty Township Cemetery
Rural Meriden, IA


Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:55 AM
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Brian’s family and friends. I will miss our conversations as he was always up for a chat when we ran into each other. I am forever great full for Brian’s dedication and support for Cherokee and Brave athletics. To Paige and Adam, your dad was something all dads should strive to be and he raised two great kids! ”
- Cory and Shayna Ege
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:55 AM
“Adam and Paige, sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this time. It was a honor to have known your family throughout the years and a blessing to have our crazy dads go all over for those Cherokee Braves!! Where ever there was a game ,they were sure to be!!! ”
- Wendy Faist
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:55 AM
“Our deepest condolences to the Cedar family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
- Lowell and Paula Smith
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to you all, Brian was such a super guy and always had a smile. He will be greatly missed. Sending our prayers through this difficult time. Lonnie & Jolene Puhrmann ”
- Lonnie & Jolene Puhrmann
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Rest In Peace, Brian!!
- Ron n Jan Witcombe
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“The consistent theme in all of these tributes is what a happy, smiling, positive person Brian was...just fun to be around and always lifted the mood with his "Aurelia charm". This is the Brian I remember having grown up with him, playing sports or just hanging out on a weekend. I've not seen him for many years, but these messages confirm that he remained true to himself as a positive force for anyone who entered his orbit. Deepest condolences to all family and friends who will miss him deeply. RIP friend.”
- Marty Stutz
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“My sympathies to Brian’s family. He was the best neighbor to both me and my parents, still checking in after we moved with neighborhood updates and funny stories. A wonderful guy, he will be missed. ”
- Mary Letsche
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Always enjoyed visiting with Brian. Special thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless.
- Jeannette Ott
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“My prayers are with the Cedar family during this difficult time. We are thankful for the friendship and support that Brian shared with all he came to know. He exhibited a great zest for life with his classmates at Aurelia and continued to take interest and stay in touch over the distance of time and space. We keep you and your memory close in our hearts, Brian. Peace be with you.”
- Bradley Allen
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Adam and Paige, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man and such a positive person. I know he will be greatly missed. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
- Travis Schipper
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“You are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. Brian was a great guy. He will be missed by many.
God Bless
George Powell”
- George B Powell Jr
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Known Brian since we were kids, rest in peace my friend ”
- Howard Hesse
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“Brian was a great guy, he will be missed.

May he Rest in Peace”
- Lance Evans
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:35 AM
“My sympathy to the Cedar family. My first memories of moving to Cherokee County definitely include Brian. He will be missed by many. ”
- Sue (Berry) Scott
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:35 AM
“First of all well wishes to the Cedar family in their time of mourning on the loss of Brian. He loved his Braves sports and was a great role model for the City of Cherokee. He will be missed. Thanks for being a good person and soul Brian Cedar. John 14:6”
- Billy Bezoni
Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:58 PM
“Brian was a great guy and always fun to visit with him at the Braves Football games! Our prayers are with you all!! Jamie, Karmen, Mady, Josie & Jacob Hodgdon”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:58 PM
“So sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. He was such a nice man, always kind and smiling. ”
- Jackie stutz
Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:58 PM
“We are so sorry, Brian was a very good guy he was always smiling and happy to visit with people. Rest in Peace young man.”
- Dar and Barb Evans
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