Brian George Pofahl

Brian George Pofahl

November 18, 1961 - October 28, 2017

MASON CITY | Brian George Pofahl, 55, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at his summer home in Mason City surrounded by his family.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126-3rd Street NE, Mason City, with Pastor Joe Poweziak officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the chapel.

Those attending the celebration of his life are encouraged to wear flip-flops to honor Brian who wore them even in the cold weather.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the McNider Art Museum in his memory.

Brian George Pofahl, was born on November 18, 1961, in Highland Park, Illinois, the son of Alvin G. and Bonita Pofahl. He received his education in the Aurora and Dundee, Illinois school systems, graduating from Dundee Community High School. Brian earned his Bachelor Degree in finance from Drake University in Des Moines and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Brian furthered his education by attending the University of Illinois in Chicago while working at the Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange for a short time. He completed his MBA degree at Arizona State University.

In 1984, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and where he quickly became a real-estate investor. Brian considered himself a “sun bird” escaping to Mason City to avoid the Arizona summer heat. Over the past 15 years, he added properties in Mason City to his real estate portfolio.

He was united in marriage to his long-time partner, Susan Mertes, on April 2, 2017, in Gold Canyon, Arizona.

Brian enjoyed creating custom photo cards, snow skiing, was an avid photographer, and loved all kinds of music, but especially Rock & Roll. He also loved traveling extensively throughout Europe making new friends along the way.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan Mertes of Mason City and Gold Canyon, Arizona; his mother, Bonita Kalaway of Dundee, Illinois; his father, Alvin G. Pofahl of Flat Rock, North Carolina; his sisters, Andrea (James) Campbell of Grayslake, Illinois, Kelley (Doug) Winger of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Carolyn (Joe) Poweziak of Algonquin, Illinois; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many other extended family members and friends.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel: 641-423-2372,

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