RAYMOND G. BREKKE
Raymond G. Brekke, age 84 of Faribault, died on Monday, September 8, 2014 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Dr. Michael J. Nirva officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault with military rites provided by Rice County Central Veterans Association.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Thursday, September 11th from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Raymond Gordon, the son of Gordon O. Brekke, Gladys Russell Brekke Moriarty, and James P. Moriarty, was born on July 13, 1930, in Dennison. He graduated from FSHS in 1948 and was an active member of the reunion committee for his class. On March 20, 1955, he married Arlene Anna Ellen Schwichtenberg at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waterville, and they were blessed to celebrate 55 years of marriage before her death in 2010. Ray proudly served his country in the Korean War, as a member of the U.S. Air Force, from December 1950 Ð December 1954 and, after an honorable discharge, was employed by the Northern States Power Company from 1954 - 1988. Ray was an avid sports fan, pitching for a men's slow-pitch softball team as a young man, coaching his kids' softball and baseball teams, happily sitting in the stands to watch his grandchildren play, and cheering on the Twins, Vikings, and Gophers. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW, willingly and joyfully held many offices in the Lions Club for 34 years, and enjoyed participating in the Korean War Last Mans Club. At Trinity Lutheran, he served as President of the Congregation, the School Board, and the Building Committee for the new sanctuary. Ray's hobbies were golfing, fishing, and spending time with family, and he loved to hear news of his grandchildren.
He is survived by three children, Pamela (and Ronald) Wesely of Rochester, Sheila (and John) Kroonblawd of St. Joseph, Michigan, and Craig (and Sharon) Brekke of Lakeville; seven grandchildren, Ronald (and Jacquetta) Wesely, Heather Wesely, Jason (Dawn Steffen) Wesely, Alicia (Eddie Stanton) Wesely, all of Rochester, Neil (and Audrey) Hettig of Charleston, South Carolina, Alexa Kroonblawd of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Tyler Brekke of Lakeville; seven great- grandchildren, Cody, Alexa, Ronald J, and Connor Wesely, Lilly and Xander Hettig, and Jaxon Kimutai; a half-sibling, Sue Brekke of Seattle, Washington; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nelmer Morsching of Waterville, Roger and Ivadell Schwichtenberg of Morristown, Lowell Hetletvedt of Faribault, Harland and RaeLou Schwichtenberg of Waterville, Joann Schwichtenberg of Oak Park, Illinois, and many special nieces and nephews.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, his mother and stepfather, father and step-mother, one infant daughter, one grandchild, two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Morsching and Mayion Hetletvedt, and one nephew, Daniel Hetletvedt.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault Area Hospice, or donor's choice.
Date: Friday September 12, 2014
I helped take care of Ray at Milestone. Very nice man. Witty and Fun to be around. He will be missed.
Name: John and Gretchen O'Neil
Date: Thursday September 11, 2014
Jason and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. John and Gretchen O'Neil
Name: Todd & Jayne Voge
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2014
Craig and Family, Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He and your mom can be together once again! He was always a fun guy to talk to at church. Praying for you and your family as you go through this tough time. Todd & Jayne
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2014
Craig, I am so sorry for your loss; I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...
Name: Kathy Hendrickson
Date: Monday September 08, 2014
Craig, Sheila, and Pam - I am so very sorry to learn of your dad's passing. He was such a wonderful man. I will always be grateful that I got to know both he and your mom. I will also always remember the kindness he showed to my mom. Please know I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy Hendrickson