Wesley C. Bramer

Wesley C. Bramer

April 21, 1929 - April 28, 2021

Wesley Charles Bramer, age 92, of Hinckley, Minn., passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at the Sandstone Healthcare Center.  Wes was born on April 21,1929, in Vivian Township to Arthur and Elsie Bramer. He grew up in Minnesota Lake, graduating from Minnesota Lake High School in 1948. 

After graduation, he helped on the family farm while attending seminary college until he joined the army in 1952. He was stationed in Falls Church, Va., where one of his duties was to guard the President in Washington. When he returned home, he met the love of his life Jean Von Rueden. They were married on Nov. 24, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Church in Hinckley. In 1957, they moved to a farm outside of town. Here is where they started their family, adding 4 boys and one girl to their home. Wes always enjoyed animals, so farming was his ideal job. He loved sheep and had many dogs throughout his life that were his companions and happiness. It is during this time that he found another passion — “auctioneering.” This passion continued for over 40 years. People would always say, “Wes is the most honest auctioneer there is!”  

After farming, he started working for Hinckley/Pine City Coop as a gas truck driver and auctioneering every weekend. Wes was a wonderful, kind man who would do anything for anyone and thoroughly enjoyed these careers visiting with people. He retired from truck driving in 1997 but continued auctioneering until he was 83 years old. The dedication, hard work, love and kindness that Wes exemplified is something his family hope to carry on in their lives. 

Wes and Jean’s love was so strong that they celebrated their 25th, 50th and 60th Anniversaries together. They were always together, supporting each other, caring and enjoying their many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The bond between Wes and Jean was something to be admired. Jean passed on April 11, 2021, leaving a void in Wes’ life that was too hard to handle. Family and friends are sad of his passing but find comfort in knowing that they once again are together dancing with Jesus.

Wes was preceded in death by Jean, his loving wife; his parents, Arthur Sr. and Elsie; two brothers, Arthur Jr. and Allan; one sister, Katie; brother-in-law, Karl; two sisters-in-law, Ann and LaJune. Also three great-grandsons, Brayden, Dakota, and Dante.

Wes is survived by four sons, Michael (Marcia) Bramer of Sandstone, Steven (Michelle) Bramer of Coon Rapids, Bruce (Bev) Bramer of Hinckley, James (Nancy) Bramer of North Branch; one daughter Susan (Randy) Henkel of Finlayson; fourteen grandchildren, Kari (Eric), Travis (Jessica), Lisa, Matthew, Melissa (Alex), Cory (Megan), Shantel, Lyndsey, Heather, Kyle (Kiki), Dustin, Luke (Cassie), Jolene (Jeremy) and Dustin S; fifteen great-grandchildren, Madeline, Aubrey, Tanner, Gannon, Hudson, Memphis, Trinity, Arey, Dukarai, Kali, Kaia, Dawson, Logan, Isaac and Mason; and many loved ones and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hinckley with Fr. Joseph Sirba officiating. Music was provided by Joni Nelson. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Burial was at Rosehill Cemetery with military honors by the Hinckley Honor Guard. Arrangements by Tatting-Methven Funeral and Cremation Services.

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