In Memory of Brian Calvin Monroe

Brian Calvin Monroe
Brian Calvin Monroe
Born: August 29, 1957
Died: October 9, 2018
Age: 61
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Brian Calvin Monroe
August 29, 1957 - October 9, 2018
From: Las Vegas, NV | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Brian Calvin Monroe, age 61, of Las Vegas, Nevada (formerly of Ida Grove, IA) passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Desert Springs Hospital of Las Vegas, NV.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Brian Calvin Monroe was born August 29, 1957, in Valparaiso, IN. He was the son of Forrest and Margery (Kleist) Monroe. He grew up in Indiana and in 1971 the family relocated to Ida Grove, IA. Brian attended Ida Grove High School and graduated with the class of 1975. 

After high school Brian enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Ida Grove. Throughout his life, Brian worked various jobs and had been employed in the past at Bil-Mar Foods in Storm Lake, IA, Byron Originals in Ida Grove, IA and John Morrell in Sioux City, IA. In 2006, Brian moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he was currently employed at Timet. 

On December 4, 1982, Brian was united in marriage to Karen Tuel in Schaller, IA. The couple made their home in Schaller and were blessed with two children: Jackie and Brandon. The couple would later part ways. 

Throughout his life, Brian’s hobbies have included watching NASCAR races, bowling, shooting pool, and playing slow pitch softball. He also enjoyed playing cards with his children and family. 

Left to cherish his memory include his children Jackie (Justin) Wandrey of Schaller, IA and Brandon Monroe of Fort Carson, CO; four grandsons: Ethan, Lane and Jace Wandrey and Brevin Monroe; two brothers: Jerry Monroe of Las Vegas, NV and Marvin Monroe of Sloan, IA; four sisters: Mavis (Phillip) Hast of Ida Grove, IA, Shirley (Pete) Pedersen of Deming, NM, Sandy (Dale) Ullrich of Arthur, IA and Patty (Terry) Kvasager of Plummer, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents Forrest and Margery Monroe; brothers Jim (Zelda), Tom (Kay) and Donnie Monroe; nephew Jimmy Ullrich.



10:00 a.m., Tuesday 
October 16, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Honorary Pallbearers

Jerry Ullrich
Jason Ullrich
Greg Mausen
Ben Kvasager
Heath Monroe
Jarred Monroe


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday
October 15, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"On Eagle's Wings"
"In The Garden"
"The Old Rugged Cross"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9:06 AM
“I weep with sadness, memories overflow my heart. So much of my childhood was shared with Uncle Fats family. Brian, well you were always the cutie, he could walk by pat me on the head and say “hey kid, how’s it going” and I remember feeling lucky to be in that teenagers presence. Haha!!!! To the family, although there are miles between us the love never stops. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Lori (White) Bennett
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM
“Sorry for the loss to your family .My prayers will be with all of you
- Betty Rutter
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