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Brian Stark

Brian M. Stark, age 66, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away Monday, February 14, 2022, at his home in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Funeral service were held on Monday, February 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Crow River Winery in Hutchinson, Minnesota with interment in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Bismarck Township, Minnesota. Clergy officiating was Pastor Erik Karlson. Pianist was Bonnie Westmiller. Soloist was Julie Killian “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Ave Maria.” Congregational hymn sung was “Amazing Grace.” Eulogy was Scott Mackenthun. Reader was Arlen Stark. Casket bearers were Kevin Gronlund, Leif Spore, Doug Renkes, Andrew Stark, Bruce Neubarth, Tom Orwoll, Scott Stark, Tony Killian, Jack Killian, Tom Glaeser, and Jerry Busse. Brian is survived by his: wife, Carol Stark; children, Arlen Stark, Jackie Mackenthun and her husband, Scott; granddaughters, Quinn and Cora Mackenthun; siblings, David Stark, Al Stark, Harlen Stark and his wife, Belinda, Gloriann Stark; Lavonne Stark; brothers-in-law, Mike Sierakowski and his wife, Kathy, Mark Sierakowski and his wife, Veronica Jim Sierakowski; sister-in-law, Julie Killian and her husband, Tony; numerous nephews and nieces; many other relatives and friends. Brian is preceded in death by his parents, Delas and Shirley Stark; Father-in-law, Joseph Sierakowski; sister-in-law, Cheryl Mattson. Brian Martin Stark was born September 30, 1955, in Gaylord, Minnesota. He was the son of Delas and Shirley (Becke) Stark. Brian was baptized as an infant on October 23, 1955 by the Rev. Schira, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 24, 1970, by the Rev. Dohmeier, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Buffalo Lake High School in 1973. Brian went on to play football at Normandale Community College and the University of Minnesota, Morris. He completed his degree in Health and Physical Education while at Morris, graduating in 1978. On May 13, 1978, Brian was united in marriage to Carol Sierakowski by Father Sieg at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in North St. Paul, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with two children, Arlen and Jackie. Brian and Carol moved to Hutchinson, where Brian worked for Land-O-Lakes Dairy, Tombstone Pizza and Nuvera. He also stayed busy with numerous part time jobs – driving school bus for Hutchinson Tiger sports teams, a charter school bus route, and was a frequently requested sober cab driver. Brian spent over twenty years working at the Hutchinson Municipal Liquor store. Brian entertained many in various forms over the years, whether playing practical jokes, the part of Santa Claus for family and friends each Christmas Eve, or dabbling in local theater. He participated in various Hutchinson Theater Company productions and found a love of acting later in his life. Brian was an extroverted socialite to the highest degree. His many jobs and social abilities gave him the chance to talk to and meet people from all walks of life. Brian was happy to talk with friends, neighbors, and family. He would talk to complete strangers and form new friendships. Brian knew someone almost everywhere he went. He was such a kind and positive person, always seeing the best in people and situations. Brian was an avid sports fan at all levels. He attended many Hutchinson Tigers games as well as followed the Gophers, Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Lynx. Brian also coached youth sports in the Hutchinson area. He had a quick wit and enjoyed jokes and sharing his sense of humor with all around him. Brian enjoyed riding motorcycles ever since his teenage years. He owned various Harley Davidson motorcycles throughout his life and founded the annual “Stark Naked” motorcycle rally with family and friends. Brian had an affinity for buying cars – too many to count. He had a soft spot for animals and was known to bring home a new pet without notice. Brian and Carol traveled frequently across the United States, together or with friends. Brian experienced a new level of joy as a grandfather to Quinn and Cora. Brian worked hard and enjoyed life to the fullest. He brought fun wherever he went. Brian enjoyed his last earthly day having a blast with his closest friends and family at a Super Bowl party. Brian passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 14, 2022, at his home in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at the age of 66 years, 4 months, and 15 days. Blessed be his memory. Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com.

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