Brian KorthalsMay 15, 1959 ~ March 25, 2017 (age 57)
BRIAN “FRITZ” FREDERICK KORTHALS, age 57, of Worthington died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home surrounded by family. He was born May 15th 1959, to Frederick “Fritz” and Roberta “Bobbie” (Pedersen) Korthals and baptized at the American Reformed Church. He graduated from Worthington Senior High School in 1977 and later attended Jackson Vocational School for sales & marketing. Brian married his junior high sweetheart, Lorraine Bennett, on April 17th 1982. He was a lifelong resident of Worthington and a current member of the American Lutheran Church.
Brian, like his grandfather Alfred Pedersen, enjoyed spending his free time searching for Native American artifacts in the surrounding area creating an extensive collection. His passion for history brought him all over and connected Brian with many lifelong friends. After the addition of his granddaughter, Alice Lorraine, Brian dedicated most of his time to bonding with her. He enjoyed teaching her countless things including children’s songs, tricks & games. Her favorite activity she did with her grandfather was dancing with him to his favorite music.
Prior to his time with the Daily Globe, Brian assisted in the creation of the Prairie View Golf Course, serving as a greens keeper. He later held the same position at the Worthington Country Club. Brian started his career with the Daily Globe in 1989 where he stayed until retiring due to health reasons, in 2015. Brian had an amazing talent for photography winning numerous State and National Awards. Brian had a kind heart and friendly nature that only enhanced the art he created. His stunning nature scenes and local portraits are treasured in many homes throughout the community.
Brian is survived by his wife, Lorraine Korthals, Worthington; two daughters, Sarah (Ryan Micek) Korthals, Omaha NE; and Marin Korthals, Worthington; granddaughter Alice Lorraine Micek, Omaha NE; parents, Fritz and Bobbie Korthals, Worthington; two sisters, Lisa (Paul) Schutte, Rushmore; and Kim Korthals, Shawnee, KS; two brothers-in-law, Rich (Terri) Peterson, Oshkosh, WI; and Dave (Cathryn) Peterson, Wyoming, MN; sister-in-law, Nancy (Allen) Franscella, Manteca, CA; four nieces, Erin (Tyler) Schutte-Wadzinski, Amy (Scott) Vanderzee, Erika Schutte, and Courtney Peterson; nephew Brady Peterson; and father and mother-in-law, Joe & Lola Peterson, Circle Pines, MN. He was proceeded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Dena Korthals, and Alfred and Bernice Pedersen.
A time of fellowship will be from 4-7pm Thursday, March 30th at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington, followed immediately (7pm) by a memorial service officiated by Pastor Gary Anderson. A private committal of cremains will be held at a later date.
Dingmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Worthington is assisting the family with arrangements.
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