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John M. Brownlee

John M. Brownlee

John Matthew Brownlee, 66 of Bemidji, MN entered into eternal peace on April 13th, 2014 from ALS, Lou Gehrigs Disease. Memorial Services will be 1:55 pm (because he liked to be early for everything) Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River, MN with Rev. Karol McCracken officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association,

He was born December 11th, 1947 in Fairmont, MN, graduated from Fairmont High School then attended and graduated from Minnesota Business School with a degree in accounting. He then enlisted in the Air Force and served 4 years, one year of active duty in Vietnam and the remaining years state side. He married Deanna Fritz on November 13th, 1971. He loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed nature. He served on the Honor Guard for the VFW Chapter 1260 and the DAV Chapter 7. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deanna Brownlee of Bemidji; daughter Tonja (Troy) Lesmeister of River Falls, WI; son Matthew (Jody) Brownlee of Blaine, MN; grandchildren, Katy, Logan, Trevor, Troy, Latidra, Annissa, Kendra and Neyo; 7 great grandchildren and his brother Robert (Barb) Brownlee of Plymouth, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Elmer Brownlee and Julie (Jensen) Brownlee Stanger, step-dad William Stanger; brother David Brownlee and Dayton and Opal Schwinger who he considered his second parents. Condolences may be left at