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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᙮

Giga-waabamigoo miinawaa

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.


  1. Jacob Iron Necklace, Brother
  2. Micah Iron Necklace, Brother
  3. Brandon Olean Jr., Son
  4. Shane Baesler, Soon to be Son in Law
  5. Clayton Lee Eylandt, Cousin
  6. Buster Dunkley, Cousin (Honorary)
  7. Ricardo Gonzalez Jr. 


 Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, MN assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at 

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Maria Costello: I’m going to miss Brandon you were a true best friend. I will miss your craziness and your humor . It was never a dull moment when hung out or even wen we would be texting!! One of the best memories I have of us is when you took me fishing on lake 11 in the middle of the lake we decided to jump of the boat I was scared but you said I’ll go first and catch you- this is how you were always I have many memories of you! Brandon you are going to be so missed! l love you my friend! Rest easy in the land of ever lasting happiness. We will see each other again ❤️

Michael Iron necklace: Hey Birdie, Mick here I am so sorry for the passing of Brandon, he’s going to be missed terribly! I was remembering back of things that he had been able to get people to feel safe and comfortable, the time he flew to Denver with uncle Perry and cousin Sherry, going in to land and hit some turbulence, Sherry Lee got really scared and B said it okay cousin I think we just ran over some rocks!!! He is a great man and will always be loved by all!!! Our prayers are with you my girl!!!

I Love You Uncle Brandon Dunkley , Brandon Dunkley ! Broke My Heart Getting Messages This Morning Saying You Passed Away. 🥹😞 I Hope You Have A Safe Journey Home 🦅🕊️ Give Grandpa Perry A Hug For Me, Tell Him I Miss Him So Much! Prayers & Love To All Of My Iron Necklace Family, I Love You All. Please Keep Our Family In Y’ all Prayers!

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