Frank R. Brimmer – Independence

Frank R. Brimmer, 90 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Sunday October 18, 2020, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.  He was born on October 4, 1930, in Independence, the son of Clifford Frank and Verna Irene (Baker) Brimmer.  He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1948.  He graduated from Gates Business College in Waterloo in 1955.  On September 4, 1950, he and the former Diane Marie Rowland were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Independence.  She preceded him in death in 2004.  During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Brimmer served with the U.S. Army 41st Military Intelligence Attachment in Alaska.  Early in his career, he was the City Clerk of Independence and also had a position with the State of Iowa Auditor’s Office.  He was a sales representative for Koch Brothers Office Supply until his retirement in 1999.

Mr. Brimmer was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence and he was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was a member of the Sheehan-Tidball American Legion Post #30 and the Bechter-Boies V.F.W. Post #2440.  In the early 1960’s he served on the Independence Community School Board and later, he was on the Cedar Valley Hospice Advisory Board.  He was an Independence Councilman from 1972 – 1980, and then, Independence Mayor from 1980 – 1991.  He was elected a second time to be Mayor from 2002 – 2009.  In his free time, he enjoyed biking and fishing.

Mr. Brimmer is survived by 1 daughter – Rachel (Robert) Sartin of Austin, Texas, 1 son, Arnold (Dottie) Brimmer of Pocatello, Idaho, 2 grandchildren, Spencer Sartin and Jacob Sartin, and 1 sister, Louella Simmons of Independence.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and 1 sister, Shirley Gee.

Graveside Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at St. John’s Cemetery in Independence.  Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd, and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 24th, at the White Funeral Home in Independence.  A Memorial Fund for FSHD has been established and friends may donate at  Online condolences may be left at


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