Neil Bremseth
Neil Bremseth

Neil Gordon Bremseth, 84, of Preston, died on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Rochester.

He was born on June 6, 1933, to Russell and Florence (Serfling) Bremseth in Canton Township. He was the youngest of six children with four brothers, Marvin, Mervin, LeRoy and Ronald and one sister, Marion.

The family moved to Mabel in 1946 after the death of their father. The family also lived in Canton and Harmony, where he graduated in 1951.

In 1952, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, took boot camp in San Diego and served with the 10th Marines at Camp Lejuene, N.C., before receiving training on the Island of Vieques in the Caribbean. He was also in Europe, North Africa and areas of the Mediterranean. After returning to the United States, he was one of a few that were chosen to go to Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, where the Marines were in trenches a mile away from a nuclear test site named the "Upshot Knothole," inspecting the site and recording quite a bit of fallout from the radiation. He was then deployed to Korea for 16 months, where he served with the 11th marines, until the "Cease Fire." He was transferred to the 1st DMZ Police Company attached to the 5th Marines. After his tour in Korea, he returned to Camp Lejuene, until his honorable discharge Jan. 16, 1955.

He returned to Harmony, where he married Joyce Alfson on July 11, 1955.

They made their home in Preston in 1956, where he went to work for Jerry's Body Shop for over 15 years, before going to work for Anderson Chevrolet for 12 years. He later was the Fillmore County Solid Waste Administrator for another 12 years before retiring.

He kept very busy at the Preston Serviceman's Club. He was also very active with hunting, fishing, camping, attending school sporting events and playing cards. He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings, but most of all, he loved spending time with his grandkids.

He served 30 years on the Preston Fire Department and six years as a fire chief. He was a charter member of the Preston Ambulance Service when it first started. He was a lifetime member of both the VFW and Legion posts in Preston, serving as commander of both posts. He was also a member of the Honor Guard. He was a lifetime member of the Minnesota Fire Association and lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans of America. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. He was a board member of Maple Leaf Services in Preston.

He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Joyce; a daughter, Roxie (Jeff) Knies of Preston; a son, Greg (Kim) Bremseth of Preston; five grandchildren, Marissa and Nolan Bremseth of Preston, Brooke (Dave) Nelson of St. Paul Park, Minn., Farrah (Oliver) Frost of Savage, Minn., and John (Dody) Knies of Preston; seven great-grandchildren, Dorthea (Shawn) Moore, Jenna and Kylie Shain, Shea Fitzgerald, Charlie Frost, Aydin Rabe and Raven Knies; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Bremseth of Pocatello, Idaho and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Marvin, Mervin, LeRoy and Ronald; sister, Marion Glenna; sisters-in-law, Teresa Bremseth and Marge Bremseth and a brother-in-law, Richard Glenna.

A funeral service for him was held on Monday, Feb. 19, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Dan Bredberg officiating. Burial took place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Preston Fire Department, Preston VFW/Legion or Christ Lutheran Church.

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