Vernon “PaPa Vern” Brossart, 69, a longtime Williston, ND resident, formerly of the Rugby, ND area, passed away Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014, at his home in Williston.
His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning, June 16, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston, ND by Father Biju Antony. A graveside committal service will follow approximately 5:00 p.m. on Monday at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Balta, ND.
An Evening Vigil with a Rosary will be held Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Everson Memorial Chapel in Williston, ND.
Vernon “Vern” Francis Brossart, the son of Paul and Emily Brossart was born on June 17, 1944, in Rugby, ND.
Vern was raised and lived in Rugby until December 12, 1961, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served as a Jet Engine Mechanic moving up to a Jet Engine Tech until his honorable discharge in December, 1965.
Many would call Vern a “Jack of all Trades”, “Master of None”, but came as close as one could.
He did everything from f,arming, to house moving to the oilfield with Haliburton, to operating heavy cranes for American Steel.
Vern was quite the talker so he put that to use and graduated in September, 1992, from Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, MT. He also owned and operated “Pour Boys Rock’n 60’s” in Williston for several years. He also loved to cook and people loved his cooking. He opened “Vern’s Texas Style BBQ” in Williston, even though it was a short lived adventure, it didn’t stop him from firing up the homemade smoker for the request of his famous briskets and racks of ribs.
Organizing and working with so many wonderful people forming the Williston Tea Party was something he was passionate about and loved vocalizing about it with anyone who wanted to listen.
In recent words to describe Vern: He was a go-getter, had big dreams, big accomplishments and a huge heart! (D.S.)
Vern is survived by his children, Deanna (Damon) Tofte of Wichita Falls, TX, Paul Brossart of Montague, TX. and Emy Brossart of Williston, ND; four grandsons, Jerrod Tofte of Wichita Falls, TX, Kyle (Kaileigh) Fletcher of Memphis, TN, Vance Brossart of Montague, TX and Remington Brossart, Williston, ND; two granddaughters, Catherine Tracey of Williston, ND and Sydney Tracey of Montague, TX; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Fletcher, Memphis, TN; He loved his children and had great pride in all their accomplishments and achievements, especially his grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Paulette (Dan) McMenamy of Grand Forks, ND, Greg, (Jodi) Brossart, Mary Jean (Neil) Lotvedt of Rugby, ND and Cindy Brossart (Keith Larson) of Milwaukee, WI. He is also survived by many that loved their “PaPa Vern”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Emily Brossart; and two sons, Clifton Brossart and James Brossart.
Friends may visit to share remembrances of Vernon. Everyone is welcome to call at Everson Funeral Home Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., and at the church on Monday for the hour preceding the Funeral Mass.
The Everson Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.
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