October 31, 2023
Brandon Joseph Dunkley
Na'aabanwe, Early Morning Man
December 19, 1978 – October 30, 2023
44 years old
He was born on December 19, 1978 to Roberta (Birdie) Dunkley, of Red Lake, MN and Robert Iron Necklace of Fort Yates, North Dakota.
Brandon was a devoted father and had a deep passion for several aspects of life. He delighted in his cultural heritage, particularly as a talented grassdancer. He possessed a remarkable skill in golf, triumphing a Hole in One during a league game at Sandstone Golf. He was a Breakdancer, winning first place in Bemidji during a Fourth of July Celebration. He loved playing softball, poker, and fishing on the lake were among his cherished pastimes. Brandon's vibrant personality radiated through his role as a DJ, entertaining crowds and singing karaoke at the Courtyard. He possessed a compassionate heart, always going the extra mile to bring laughter and warmth to those around him. Although we feel the immense void left by Brandon's departure, we take solace in the belief that he embarks on a journey to the land of everlasting happiness. We envision him there, constructing a new and improved "boomboom" room, spreading his infectious energy and love to all.
ᑭᑲ ᐙᐸᒥᑰ ᒦᓇᐙ᙮
We will see you again
Preceded in death by his grandmother Mattie in 2016, his grandfather James in 1996, and anties Patsy (1998), Debbie (2018) Uncle Ingo, and Bambi (2021). Grandmother Elma AJ, Grandpa Thomas Sr., Uncle Beav, Uncle Perry, Uncle John, and Antie Maryann.
Survived by daughter Summer, grandson Caleb, and Jeanne, mother of his oldest daughter. Brandon Jr, Lucy, and Susan, mother of his two youngest children. His devoted mother, Birdie. His father Bob and Stepmother Nancy, and his siblings Jacob, Vanessa, Micah, and Krista. His aunts Hubba, Reggie, Tiny and Uncle Dennis, and Val; and Uncle Michael and Melinda; and the many other cousins, nieces and relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Aazhoomog (Lake Lena) Community Center. Located at 45749 Grace Lake Rd, Sandstone, MN 55072. Officiating: Chato Gonzalez
Interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery. Located at 449 Morris Avenue South Hinckley MN 55037.
Jacob Iron Necklace, Brother
Micah Iron Necklace, Brother
Brandon Olean Jr., Son
Shane Baesler, Soon to be Son in Law
Clayton Lee Eylandt, Cousin
Buster Dunkley, Cousin (Honorary)
Ricardo Gonzalez Jr.
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences can be made at http://www.chilsonfuneralhome.com
Monday, November 6, 2023 - 10:00 A.M.
Lake Lena Community Center
45749 Grace Lake Road