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Official Obituary of

Joseph "Joe" Brasel

October 7, 1961 ~ March 19, 2024 (age 62) 62 Years Old

Joseph "Joe" Brasel Obituary

Joseph John Brasel was born October 7, 1961, in Wadena, MN, to the late Alvin and Maxine (Crabb) Brasel. Joseph attended Sebeka High School and was employed at various jobs throughout his life. Some he particularly enjoyed were: Mid-state Auto Auction, Heimbuch Sod, Central Turf Farms, Elks, and Wadena Floral. He liked to say, "I'm a jack of all trades, master of none."

Not only did Joe really enjoy the jobs that allowed him to get outdoors, his hobbies also found him most often outdoors as well. Hunting and fishing were things he was always ready to do or talk about. And if you needed help from your hunting excursions, he was right there to lend a hand. Not only did he love the outdoors, but he loved to create and would try new things just for the fun of making something new. Everything from woodworking to jewelry making. 

Joseph had a most loving nature, and his family was his whole world. From the kids he was granted to those he took in along the way. It never mattered to him if they were his by birth! He was particularly proud of being a grandpa and very excited about the great-grandkids.

It was Joseph's compassion and love of children that led him to get involved with Kruzin 4 Kidz, an organization that allowed him to provide support for children in need. 

On March 19, 2024, Joseph passed away, surrounded by his family at Lakewood Care Center in Staples, MN, at the age of 62. He is joining those who have gone before him; his grandparents, John and Emma Brasel, Joe and Esther Crabb, his parents, Alvin and Maxine Brasel; his sister, Alice Rising; his brother-in-law, Al Tappe; and grandson, Logan Brasel.

He will be deeply missed by family and friends. Joseph is survived by children; Ravyn (Paul) Mortenson of Wadena, MN, Celeste Weber of Casselton, ND, Cheyenne (Cody) McManigle of Wadena, MN, Angalea (Brad) Craig of Casselton, ND, Joshua Brasel of Wadena, MN; siblings: Wayne (Jan) Brasel of Ottertail, MN, Sherry Erickson of Moorhead, MN, Shirley (Jim) Huntington of Sebeka, MN, Ron (Renee) Brasel of West Fargo, ND, and Joyce Tappe of Wadena, MN; brother-in-law: Joel Rising; 14 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Wayne Brasel, Ronnie Brasel, Jerry Pettit, Randy Atchley, Wayne Carpenter, and Dennis Junker. Honorary Pallbearers are, Arthur, Tru, Jemma, Zoe, Ashton, Ethyn, Garrett, Veya, Lyv, Mady, and Amya.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 4th, at 11 AM at Karvonen Funeral Home in Wadena, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Kathy Wiire will facilitate sharing time. Burial will take place at Wadena Cemetary.

In leui of flowers, please consider donating to Empty Stocking Fund or Toys for Tots.




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24 Hour Viewing
March 21, 2024

4:00 PM

April 4, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Memorial Service
April 4, 2024

11:00 AM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482


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