Brett J. VanErsvelde, 47, of Huxley, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, due to injuries suffered in a house fire.

Memorial Services were held Friday, Oct. 12, at Kloster Funeral Home in Brooklyn, with Rev. Emily Peasley and Fr. Steven Page officiating. Military Honors were conducted at the funeral home. Inurnment was in the Victor Cemetery in Victor.

Memorials may be directed to the Brett VanErsvelde Memorial Fund c/o Kloster Funeral Home, PO Box 341, Brooklyn, IA 52211.

Brett is survived by Julie McLain, his partner in a 22-year loving relationship; two daughters, Jill and Alison; one son, Dan; his parents, Jim and Janet VanErsvelde; his siblings, Todd (Diane), and Troy; two nieces, Courtney and Nicole; and his daughter, Mekaila, from a previous marriage.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike, in 1994; his paternal grandparents, Raymond and Rachel DeCrane VanErsvelde; and maternal grandparents, Ronald and Gladys Hutchison Baltisberger.

Brett Joseph was born Dec. 21, 1970, in Grinnell, the son of Jim and Janet Baltisberger VanErsvelde.

He graduated from BGM High School in 1989 and served in the U.S. Navy for 5 1/2 years. He then attended Iowa State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Brett was currently employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a mechanic. Previously he worked with the DOT in Ames for 10 years, and with Hach Chemical for over 10 years.

He was a member of the Slater United Methodist Church, the Slater American Legion Post No. 260 and the American Postal Workers Union.

Brett was a family man. He spent much of his time enjoying the sports activities of his children.

He enjoyed football, soccer and classic cars. He also liked to experiment with smoking different kinds of meat.

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