Brian Rensch

Brian Joel Rensch, 44, Makoti, died Monday, June 3, 2013, in a Minot hospital.

Brian was born Feb. 18, 1969, in Minot, the son of Gerald and Vivian (Lampert) Rensch. He was raised in Makoti and graduated from North Shore High School in 1987. He attended the University of North Dakota, where he graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in aviation/air traffic control and a minor in business management. He then moved to Fargo and worked at Wallworks and Selland Motors.

On July 29, 1995, Brian was united in marriage to Melissa Malstrom in Pelican Rapids, Minn. They made their home in Fargo before moving to Makoti to own and operate the family business, Rensch Garage. Recently, he partnered with the Malstrom family and opened a liquor store in Detroit Lakes, Minn., called Seven Sisters Spirits.

Brian enjoyed hunting, golfing and caring for his home and yard. He loved farming, going to the lake and looked forward to the annual family deer hunting trip in the Badlands. He cherished spending time with his family, especially his daughter and twin sons. He looked forward to family gatherings and always made time for his nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.

He was an important and integral part of the Makoti community. He was always willing to lend a hand and filled in whenever needed. He volunteered on the Ryder-Makoti Ambulance and Fire Department and served on the boards of the Ryder Co-Op Credit Union and Lakeside State Bank. He was a member of the Hiddenwood Sportsman Club and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Brian served on the board of the North Dakota Implement Dealers for many years and then served as president in 2010. He also served on the Association Services Board of Fargo, the North Region New Holland Advertising Board, and the Versatile Dealer Board.

Blessed be his memory among us.

Brian is survived by: his wife, Melissa; daughter, Josie, and sons, Jack and Sam, all of Makoti; father, Jerry, of Makoti; brother, Thomas, of Mandan; sisters, Joan Stafslien (Wes Sherven), of Makoti, Cathy Klabunde (Bruce), of Garrison, Carole Lee (Kendell Merritt), of Minot, and Marcia Steffen (Donn), of Hazen; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and his work family at Rensch Garage.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother; and infant sister, Angela.

Funeral: Friday, June 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the North Shore High School, Makoti.

Rosary: Today, June 6, at 7 p.m., in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Makoti.

Visitation: Today, from noon to 5 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.

Interment: St. Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Makoti.

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Memorials: Memorials in Brian’s memory are preferred to the Ryder-Makoti Ambulance, the Makoti Park Board or may be given to Brian’s family for his children.