Joseph Brunner

Nov. 23, 1947-April 9, 2021

Joseph “Joe” Brunner,

73, Kenmare, passed away

on Friday, April 9, 2021 at

a Kenmare hospital.

Joe was born on No-

vember 23, 1947 in Minot,

North Dakota to Joseph

and Carol (Lindbo)

Brunner. He was raised

and educated in the Don-

nybrook area, graduating

from Donnybrook High


After graduation, Joe

worked at the Don-

nybrook Elevator before

becoming manager at the

Elevators in Des Lacs and

Norma. He then pur-

chased a backhoe and

started JB Excavating.

Later, Joe worked as an

operator for Harris Con-

struction and then Farden


Joe was once married to

JoAnne Berg. From this

union came four children.

The couple later divorced.

In 1985, Joe married Shir-

ley Melin.

Joe loved to fish. He

spent many weekends

fishing with Shirley and

visiting friends at Van

Hook. Joe also loved golf-

ing, pool, and having his

morning coffee with


Joe is survived by his

wife, Shirley; son, Jason

(Brenda) Brunner, Grand

Junction, CO; daughter,

Traci (Joel) Kirby, Ashton,

NE; stepsons, Kirt (Ginny)

Jensen and Mark Jensen,

both of Kenmare; grand-

children, Teagan, Ashtyn,

and Sloan Kirby, and Aus-

tin, Tyler, Shelby

Brunner; brothers, Jim

(Linda), Des Lacs, Rick

(Marilyn), Mohall, ND,

and Steve Brunner, Fair-

banks, AK; sisters, Connie

(Marvin) Unterseher,

Velva,ND and Sheila

(Norris) Severtson, Graf-

ton, ND; and numerous

nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in

death by his parents,

Joseph and Carol Brunner;

sons, Brian and Michael

Brunner; sister, Donna

Brunner; and nephew,

Jayden Mattern.

A memorial service will

be held on Friday, April

16, 2021 at 11 a.m. at

Trinity Lutheran Church

in Kenmare. The service

will be video recorded for

the public to view and

can be accessed by going

tothe Thompson-Larson

YouTube page at





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