Bernard Dale Stoltenberg

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July 5, 1945 ~ November 3, 2023

Bernard “Bernie” Dale Stoltenberg, 78, died peacefully on November 3, 2023. He was a long-time resident of Brandon, SD.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Bernie will be buried next to his mother and uncles in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, MN.

Bernie “Bernie” Dale Stoltenberg was born in Hendricks, MN, to Anna Mae Stoltenberg on July 5, 1945. He grew up on a farm outside of Verdi, MN, and was raised by his mother, his grandmother, (Dena Stoltenberg), and his uncles, (Donald, Clifford, and Lester). Bernie’s biological father, Ivan K. Johnson, was not a part of his life. Bernie played 9-man high school football for the Verdi Trojans and graduated in 1963. In 1964, he married Joan Lange and started a family in Luverne, MN, raising three children who turned out pretty well. He started working for Luverne Truck Equipment that same year as a welder. He eventually became shop foreman on his way to becoming the purchasing agent for the factory. His name is on two patents issued to Luverne Truck Equipment; one from 1980, for a running board, and another in 2012, for an adaptable vehicle step assembly. He moved from Luverne to Brandon when the company relocated there and following his divorce in the early 1990s.

Bernie retired from Luverne Truck Equipment after a 50-year career. While in Luverne, he also served on the Luverne Volunteer Fire Department. He once rescued a pickup truck full of Miller Lite from a semi-truck accident on Interstate 90. He played 4-H softball for a time. He loved to fish, whether from shore, in a boat, or through the ice. He was an expert at cleaning and frying the fish that he caught. They were delicious. He also loved the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, and playing video poker.

Bernie is survived by his three children, Jodi (Tim) Nelson, Scott (Shelly) Stoltenberg, and Paula (Darrin) Lindblom; four grandchildren, Zach and Abigail Nelson, and Grace and Josie Lindblom; and his ex-wife, Joan Stoltenberg.

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  • Larry Johnson says:

    I worked with Bernie for many years at Luverne Truck. He was always a happy go lucky kind a guy.

  • Tricia Hess Kraayenhof says:

    I have fond memories of Bernie. Prayers to his family and friends! Lots of love!

  • Tracy Strantz says:

    Dear Paula and Family,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your Dad sounded like a salt of the earth type of person who enjoyed his community, mother nature, and his family. I’m thinking of all of you.

  • Jane Delbridge says:

    My condolences to his family. Bernie and I became acquainted in his last two years while I was doing home care. We remained friends as I really enjoyed chatting with him after I left the position. I love to ask questions, as there’s a lot to be learned from locals … such as his many years as head purchaser for Luverne Truck Accessories (the only adult job he held, … likely integral for the businesses legendary success and quality products), or his love of fishing and golf and growing up on the farm near Pipestone. He was a very detail minded person. He’d fed and watered the birds & squirrels that congregated just outside his window while he did his crossword puzzles. His sense of humor was always effective, very dry but hilarious … we laughed a lot. I’m sure his VFW buddies will attest to that, as he had many, many friends there. He was very proud of his children too. I will always remember Bernie fondly … shine on my friend.

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