Mark Bruggeman, 66

Mark A. Bruggeman, 66, a resident of Bemidji, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.

A “Celebration of Life” ceremony was held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Senior Community Center in St. Hilaire.

Mark was born May 19, 1946, in Minneapolis at the St. Mary’s Hospital to Donovan and Florence “Flossie” (Jespersen) Bruggeman. He graduated in 1964 from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

During his high school years, Mark was actively involved in 4-H, winning numerous grand champions. Mark was active on the local, state and national level of FFA and was a President. Mark was an honored Dairy Farmer, active in cattle judging, showmanship, Dairy Days, and the Winter Shows. For the past 17 Years, Mark was a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) serving as an admired speaker, where he was able to motivate, support and inspire those around him.

Mark was a proud dairy and grain farmer, partnering with his father and brother for many years. Mark also was employed at Arctic Cat in the early years, has operated a hoof trimming business, has been a Wellness Manager for dairy farmers, and served as a Manager of grain farm operations.

In addition to his commitment to the dairy industry and love of Holstein cattle, Mark had a passion for everything outdoors and lived life to its fullest. Mark thoroughly enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, fishing, snowmobiling, and golfing with family and friends.

Mark is survived by his daughters Robin (Dirk) Fowler and granddaughter Paige of Wenatchee, Wash.; Wendy (Jonathan) Braid of Redmond, Ore.; Mother Flossie of Sauk Centre: sisters, Susanne (Robert) Nelson of Moorhead, Roxanne (Rick) Elfering of Prior Lake; brother, Kevin (Diane) Bruggeman of St. Joseph; and close friend, Patsy (Patti) Terrill of Bemidji.

Mark was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Kay; a sister, Susan; and his father, Donovan.

All notes may be sent to Wendy Braid 767 NW 28th Street, Redmond, Ore., 97756