Norbert Bruder, age 88 of Long Prairie, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at the Long Prairie Hospital in Long Prairie, MN.
Norbert was born on September 6, 1929 in Reynolds Township, Todd County, MN to George and Marie (Berendsen) Bruder. He grew up on the farm in Reynolds Township and farmed with his parents. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955. He returned home and continued farming. He married Evelyn Gardiner on February 18, 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Long Prairie, MN. After a couple of years they bought a farm in Leslie Township, Todd County and moved to their home on top of the hill overlooking the Long Prairie River. They had four children (the first being identical twin boys) and raised their children and farmed there in Leslie Township for over 50 years.
As a faithful member of the St. Nicholas Church in Belle River, Norbert served two terms as a Trustee. He also was on the Clotho Creamery Board and for over 18 years was a Supervisor for the Leslie Township Board. Some of his favorite pastimes included hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed hunting deer, ducks and pheasants. He liked to relax out in the spear house each winter and provided many meals of fresh Northern Pike. He also enjoyed taking trips, cheering for his favorite sports teams on television or reading a good Western novel. He was very proud of his family and loved watching his five grandchildren grow. He was a kind and loving father, grandpa and brother who will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
He is survived by his children, David and Daniel Bruder of Long Prairie, Marie (Steve) Siegle of Long Prairie, Tim (Julie) Bruder of Long Prairie; 4 grandchildren, Travis Siegle, Tyler (Christina Maher), Jacob (Emily) and Haley (Clayton Niehoff) Bruder; his brothers, Floyd (Betty) Bruder of Lebanon, IN, Elmer (Helen) Bruder and Alvin Bruder, all of Long Prairie; his sisters, Alvina Engdahl of Fairfield, OH, Erma (Eugene) Irsfeld of Long Prairie and Mildred (Victor) Kurpiers of Browerville; many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his wife, Evelyn (1979); granddaughter, Emily Siegle (2008); a brother, George Bruder (1951)
A Mass of Resurrection was held for Norbert on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Belle River, MN with Fr. David Petron officiating. Pallbearers were his sons, David, Daniel and Tim Bruder, and grandsons, Tyler and Jacob Bruder, Travis Siegle. Burial was at the St. Nicholas Cemetery in Belle River, MN.