Bradley Dean Thielsen
Bradley Dean Thielsen, age 43, of Dassel, died Saturday, May 12, 2007, at his home, following a courageous battle with melanoma.
He was born June 1, 1963 in Flandreau, S.D., the son of Marlon and Nina Sue (Petersen) Thielsen.
Brad grew up on the family farm near Flandreau, where he fished in the stock pond, rode the family three-wheeler, and helped with the farm chores.
Brad attended the Flandreau High School and graduated in 1981. He then continued his education by attending the Lake Area Vocational Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., and received a degree in advanced auto mechanics.
Brad was united in marriage to Becky Ness Sept. 30, 1994 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Pipestone. Together, they made their home in Pipestone, where Brad was employed by the City of Pipestone.
In 2000, they moved to Hampton, Minn., where Brad worked at Nicolai Repair until 2001, when they moved back to Pipestone.
Brad and Becky moved to Dassel in 2002, where Brad went to work for the City of Hutchinson.
Brad loved to tinker, often taking things apart just to see how they worked; eventually many of them would be put back together. He enjoyed cars, motorcycles, tractor pulls, automobile races, outdoor activities, and had been active in the 4-H and FFA. He spent many hours watching his children in sports and listening to their musical performances.
A member of the board of directors of the Calumet Players in Pipestone, Brad directed and acted in many plays.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harry and Nina Petersen; and his paternal grandparents, Kermit and Bethel Thielsen.
Brad is survived by his wife, Becky of Dassel; children Tyler, Anissa, and Kara, all of Dassel; parents Marlon and Nina Sue Thielsen of Flandreau, S.D.; brother Brian (April) Thielsen of Flandreau, S.D.; and step-grandmother Rosina Thielsen of Volga, S.D.
He is further survived by daughters of the heart, Eliza Peters of Marshall, Miriam Peters of Pipestone, Veronica Holmgren of Long Beach, Wash., Liz Buffington of Pipestone, and Amber Loberg of Fargo.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato with the Rev. Walter Glucklich officiating.
Visitation took place Tuesday evening, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cokato, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.