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Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



Russell “Russ” VanBeek, of Braham, passed away on February 3, 2022 at the Elim Home in Milaca.  He was 79 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Pastor Julie Beck officiating.


MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Russell Julian VanBeek, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at the Elim Home in Milaca. He was 79 years old.

Russ was born on November 3, 1942, in St. Paul, Minnesota to parents Russell Gage and Ethelynn (Skramstad) VanBeek. He grew up on the family farm in Withrow, the oldest of 15 siblings. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1960. After high school, he worked multiple jobs delivering groceries and fuel oil, before landing the “big job” of working on the NSP Power plant construction.

He met the love of his life, Jackie Berglund, in 1961 and they were married on June 22, 1963. They had 6 children. In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Houlton and Burkhardt, WI; and Lakeland, MN before moving to Withrow, next to the family farm.

In 1969, he attended Dunwoody Institute to become a plumber, joining Plumbers Local 15. While attending Dunwoody and apprenticeship training during the day, he worked nights loading trucks to support his growing family.

In 1974, Russ moved the family to a farm in Braham. He continued to work as a plumber in the Twin Cities, while simultaneously going back to his love of farming with cattle, turkeys, and crops. He obtained his Master Plumbing License in 1985 and started his own plumbing business, East Central Plumbing and Heating. He retired in 2016.

Russ was a member of Braham Ev Lutheran Church where he enjoyed ushering with his gift of gab. He also served as a Grass Lake Township clerk for many years.

Russ enjoyed fishing but his favorite hobby was traveling with Jackie, especially international cruising.

Russ is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kathleen and Helen; brothers, Bill, Robert, Ed, Tom, Chris, and Dave.

He is survived by his wife Jackie; children, Teresa (Kevin) Mattson, Michael (Leeann), Heidi Gould, Russell (Allie), Julie (Jack) Hinsley, and Jude (Rachel); bonus daughter Faye Fazeli; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Nancy (Harry) Robinson, Sue Noel, Pete (Cindy), Al (Joni), Ruth Holmen, and Ethie Sutliff; sisters-in-law, Barb, Jody, Kaye, Jo, and Nancy; brother-in-law Victor Berglund; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

5 thoughts on “RUSSELL J. VANBEEK”

  1. I grew up just across the way from Russ and his family. He was always such a kind hard working man. He plumbed our house. I’m very sorry to his family for the loss of Russ.

  2. Saddened to hear about your Dad’s passing. Praying for family in the days ahead. He has gone to be with the Lord. Blessings of strength and peace for all.

  3. A great man. He was an amazing person whom I loved very much. I will miss him dearly. So sorry for your loss. Hugs and love to you all.

  4. To my dear friend Heidi and the entire extended family, my heart breaks for your loss. May you be blessed with memories forever.

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