Charles “Ron” Brazier

Charles “Ron” Brazier, age 73, of Prior Lake, MN, sadly left his family’s side early Friday, morning, September 27, 2019, at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, MN.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, October 1 at 1 PM, with a visitation from 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, all at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road NW, Prior Lake. Pastor Laila Barr will preside. The pall bearers will be Ron’s nephews. Following the service, Ron will be laid to rest at Spring Lake Cemetery, Prior Lake.

On March 27, 1946, in Barnett Township, near Greenbush, MN, Charles Ronald was born to parents, Frank and Genevieve (Emery) Brazier. The 2nd  of four children, he grew up on a farm with sister, Colleen and brothers, Jerome and Jack. Ron had cousins that lived nearby and they farmed together year round, and helped in each other’s’ lives. He attended Greenbush High School, where Ron was a three-sport participant of football, baseball and basketball. He was a star basketball player, holding the school scoring record with it just being broken in the past few years. Ron graduated in 1964.

In efforts to support his family, Ron had some interesting side jobs. He worked at the railroad, dug graves, shoveled potatoes and helped area farmers year round. Ron moved to the Twin Cities area to begin a new career path, but the United States government soon drafted him into the Army. Ron fought in the trenches of the Vietnam War and also as a MP (Military Police).  After returning from the service, he enjoyed bar tending and socializing with the customers. Some became lifelong friends. Ron then worked as a cement finisher for a road and bridge contractor.  Ron worked as a an estimator for his close friend’s construction company, until he became an owner of Global Specialty Contractors. For the next 30 years, Ron and his partners ran offices in Eagan and in Hawaii. Ron never chose to retire.

Life was enriched for Ron, meeting Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Bittner, on a blind date. They were married on April 12, 1975, in Edina, MN. They welcome two sons, Zach and Luke. Ron was a proud father and loved being active in their lives. He passed down the love of sports and building to Zach and Luke.  Ron relished coaching their teams, and working together on projects.  Ron’s involvement in his kids’ and grandchildren’s’ lives never slowed.

Since the late 1970’s, the Brazier family has enjoyed lake life living on Prior Lake. Ron loved being outdoors, working in the yard, cutting law and especially fishing off the dock with family. Wanting more of the lake, he and Beth purchased a cabin on Twin Island on Prior Lake, where more adventures were enjoyed. As the weather turned colder, Ron and Beth spent winters in Arizona. They loved playing golf and socializing with friends. When time allowed, Ron and Beth enjoyed traveling around the United States. Life was once again enriched becoming a grandpa to Teagan, Charlie, Jimmy and Kadence.

Ron had tremendous character. He truly was a loving husband, dad and grandpa. He had a generous heart and always there to help. Ron was caring and made every person feel special. He had a great sense of humor and always sported a big smile! Family, friends and employees were what was important to him.  Ron’s strong faith caused him to be an extremely generous, humble, and of high character.

Ron will be sadly missed and loved by wife, Beth; children, Zach (Meghan) Brazier, Luke Brazier; grandchildren, Teagan Brazier, Charlie Brazier, Jimmy Brazier, Kadence Brazier; sister, Colleen (Dwayne) Lorenson; brother, Jerome (Barb) Brazier; other relatives and friends.

There to welcome Ron home in heaven are his parents, Frank and Genevieve and brother, Jack Brazier

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  1. Kurt & Vangie Hanson

    We were so sorry to hear about Ron. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. God Bless.

  2. Mark & Betty Bittner

    So sorry to hear about Ron’ death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  3. John and Sandy Stauffenecker

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. John was a 1964 graduate with him. We remember him in sports, especially basketball. A wonderful guy and he will be missed!
    John and Sandy Stauffenecker

  4. We were so sorry to hear of Rons’ passing away. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Greg and Jill Schuer

  5. Sue Brandvold Brorson

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He graduated with my brother Gary Brandvold in 1964. I fondly remember watching him play basketball for Greenbush High School at home and at tournaments in Roseau.

  6. Dearest Beth and family. Our hearts are filled with sadness upon hearing of Ron’s passing . He was such a kind and wonderful man who smiled often and always ready to give a hug. They don’t come better . Please accept our sympathy . We are out of the country and will be with in spirit today. God bless. Love Greg and Grace Tillotson

  7. Beth,
    We are so sorry to hear about Ron. What a wonderful tribute to him. May god surround you with peace, serenity, and love in the the coming days ahead and always.

    • Tim and Susie Huerd

      Beth, Zach, Luke and family, So sorry for your loss of Ronnie. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

      Tim and Susie (Emery) and family!

  8. Our Sympathy for the loss of Ronnie during this difficult time. We are thinking and praying for you during this time!

    Lavern & Joyce Emery
    Nikki Mellstrom & family

  9. Dear Brazier Family.
    I will forever have fond thoughts of Ron. He always greeted people with a big smile and friendly conversation. His love for his family was clearly his top priority. He and Beth raised two fantastic sons who will undoubtedly carry on his positive legacy. Ron will be greatly missed.

  10. Beth and family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of our 1964 classmate. Ron was an awesome classmate, friend and person throughout our high school years. Enjoyed the visit at our last class reunion. Ron will never be forgotten. God bless his family in prayers in these next days. RIP my friend!
    Larry & Wanda Dokken
    Williston, ND

  11. RONNIE will be missed we were great friends and co workers he also was good boss. I will think of him often. Gone but not forgotten. we had good times for sure.

  12. Blessings and peace as you release Ron to his awaiting Savior. Cry as you must, keep his memories close, share often, laugh when you can , and Ron’s spirit will always be with you.

  13. One of the very best was taken from us on Friday. His Heavenly Father called him home; welcoming him and telling him “job well done my son”. Ron was a incredible husband, dad and grandpa! How lucky his family was to have him. He will be so missed by many.

  14. Lynn (Robbs) Nelson

    Beth, Zach, Luke and Family –

    So saddened to read the passing of Ron. As longtime neighbors we will always remember Ron with a smile on his face, his friendliness and his strong work ethic especially when converting the cabin into your lake home with Beth. Us 4 girls we will always remember what a cute couple Beth and Ron were, and how us 4 young girls thought he was so cute and the perfect husband. Ron was truly an inspiration to anyone that met him. May God bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time and may happy or silly memories help ease your pain.

  15. RIckie and Peggy Adams

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this time of grief. May the memories give you comfort in the days ahead. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  16. Dear Luke,
    We were so sorry to hear about your father from Jim and Nancy. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Although we didn’t know him, we know that he was quite a special and accomplished man with wonderful attributes. And what a beautiful legacy he leaves behind in his sons and grandchildren. As our nephew Scott’s good friend, we have seen those same traits in you. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May the special bond and memories you shared, bring you peace and comfort.
    Michaelene & Bob Samec

  17. Beth and boys, So sad to hear of Ronnie’s passing. I only have wonderful memories of his happy and welcoming ways. May the angels lead him into Paradise.
    With love,

  18. To Ron’s family: Ron was a much admired member of our “Class of 64.” It was fun to see him at the class reunions, greeting all warmly. Until your great reunion may God bless you and keep you in His loving care.

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