Julie Kay Brandt

Julie Kay Brandt

Julie Kay Brandt


Julie Kay Brandt, 63, of Marion, Iowa, died on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, from complications of Leukemia. Her survivors include her husband, Blake Brandt; daughter, Molly Brandt of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Steve Winther of Midland, Texas; parents, Merlyn and Sonna Winther of Spencer, Iowa; and niece and nephew, Sierra and Jordan of Midland, Texas.

Julie was born June 14, 1959 (Flag Day) in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a 1977 graduate of Spencer High School. Julie was active in many clubs in high school. She played 6-on-6 basketball, but sadly spent most of her career on the bench. Julie earned a BA in Accounting at the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Taxation from the University of Denver. She moved to Denver, Colo., after college and enjoyed country western dancing, rodeos, theatre, and skiing. Julie and her husband owned Colorado Rockies tickets for 10 years and Denver Nuggets tickets as well. In 1994, she was united in marriage to Blake Brandt. They met in Denver but were both from Iowa and so a move back to Iowa in 2003 was a wonderful blessing to be closer to family.

Julie’s career started in public accounting in Denver. She then moved into a corporate tax career with US WEST, MediaOne, AT&T Broadband in Denver and Transamerica in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She ended her career in public accounting in Cedar Rapids.

Julie was a devoted wife and mother. She was a show choir mom to the end, following her daughter’s music career. She was known as the “cruise director” among her friends for planning parties and outings for all types of adventures. Julie loved to travel to small and large destinations. She was known for dragging her family on “Iowa Adventures” that they still talk about today. Julie loved the Clay County Fair in Spencer and rarely missed a week spent on the grounds in September. She was a passionate Iowa Hawkeyes basketball and football fan. Blake and Julie have owned season tickets to football since their move in 2003. Her tailgate décor was part of the fun. She often quoted that she didn’t always care if the Hawkeyes won or lost, just as long as her and her friends were together. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and a 45-year member of PEO.

Services will be held at noon on Saturday, Feb,. 11, 2023, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julie’s memory may be directed to either the Clay County Fair Board or PEO Chapter CS of Marion, C/O: Deb Grove, 2005 Stratford Drive, Marion, IA 52302.

Please share a memory of Julie at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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