Samuel L. “Sam” Mentzer, 80, of Brandon, IA died on Monday August 2, 2021, at Unity Point – Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA.
Sam was born on September 17, 1940, in Central City, IA the son of Samuel and Grace (Ankney) Mentzer. He was a 1958 graduate of the Central City High School and shortly after graduating he started working at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA. On July 14, 1962, he married Velda R. Bathen at the Brandon Methodist Church in Brandon, IA. Together they made their home in Brandon and he joined the Brandon Fire Department in 1972. He and Velda traveled throughout the Midwest trout fishing, and camping. In 2008, they traveled to Alaska and enjoyed taking a cruise and train to see the wilds of the north. He retired from Rockwell Collins in 1995, and from the fire department in 2013.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Velda Mentzer, Brandon, IA, his son, Scott (Cindy) Mentzer, Brandon, IA, a granddaughter, Jessica (James) Hoveland, and Kyle (Stacey) Mentzer, his great grandchildren, Drake, Harmony, and Hunter Hoveland, Lena and Lyra Mentzer, a sister Joan Enabnit, Central City, IA, and several nieces and nephews.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Grace Mentzer, a brother Larry Mentzer, and a sister Bonnie Grimm.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday August 6, 2021, at the Brandon Methodist Church in Brandon, IA. Inurnment will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday at 12 PM. Visitation will be held from 5 PM until 8 PM on Thursday August 7, at the Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA.
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