Brian Bushnell

Nov. 10, 1951-Oct. 23, 2020

Brian Bushnell, 68,

Minot, died Friday, Oc-

tober 23, 2020 in a Minot


Brian was born No-

vember 10, 1951 in Minot,

ND to Ray and Barbara

(Putney) Bushnell. He was

educated in Minot and

Velva, graduating in 1969

from Velva High School.

He attended Minot Col-

lege of Business.

Brian was united in

marriage to Rita Ann

Schaecher on November

20, 1970 at the Southside

Church of the Nazarene in

Minot. They called Minot

home their entire lives

and were blessed with a

large family.

Brian worked for Nash

Finch in Minot, first in

the warehouse and then

as a truckdriver. He

moved on to a career in

the sales industry. Brian

worked for Don Bessette

Motors, Northwest Build-

ing Improvements, was a

partner in Four Seasons

Siding and Windows, Inc

and Leingang Home

Center. Following a hip

injury, Brian completed

his career in sales with

GutterTopper, Inc.

Brian’s most important

roles were husband, fa-

ther, grandfather and

great-grandfather. He

treasured the time spent

attending activities for his

children and grandchil-

dren and was so very

proud of each and every

one of them. He will be

remembered his quick

wit, a clever joke and for

his ability to sing, albeit

often changing the words

to the song.

Brian was a member of

the First Church of the

Nazarene in Minot and

supporter of the NRA. He

enjoyed hunting and

camping, was a reloader

of rifle shells and talented

leather worker in his

younger years. Brian was

a reader of Louis L’Amore

books, enjoyed war

movies and was a WWII

history buff. He enjoyed

taking cruises throughout

the world with his wife

over the years. He will be

deeply missed by all who

were blessed to call him a

husband, father, grandfa-

ther, brother, uncle and


Brian is survived by:

his loving wife of nearly

50 years, Rita, Minot; chil-

dren Jeremy (Kathy)

Bushnell, Minot. Shannon

(Robert) Ostrom, Minot,

Amanda (Sean) Sailor,

Spearfish, SD, Cortney

(Shannon) Bushnell and

Brianne (Kevin) Kautz-

man, Minot; 15 grandchil-dren; 3


brother Roy (Cher) Bush-

nell, Moorhead, MN; 3

nieces and a nephew.

Brian was preceded in

death by: his parents and

brother Alden Bushnell.

A Private Family Ser-

vice to Honor Brian will

be held at 3:00 p.m. Tues-

day, October 27, 2020 at

First Church of the Na-

zarene, Minot. A lives-

tream of the service and

to share memories and

condolences can be found

on his obituary page at



A time for friends to

sign a memorial register

book will be held on Fri-

day, October 30, 2020

from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00

p.m. at the Thomas Fami-

ly Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to the First Church of the

Nazarene, Minot.