Donn C. Bruess, 78, of Sleepy Eye died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at his home.

Donn C. Bruess, 78, of Sleepy Eye died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye with Monsignor Eugene Lozinski celebrating the Mass. Burial will be at a later date in the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, North Chapel in New Ulm. There will be a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to:

Donn Clem Bruess was born on May 31, 1934 in Sleepy Eye to Clem and Viola (Remmele) Bruess. On August 3, 1957 he was united in marriage to Margaret Klein at the Union Congregational Church in Sleepy Eye. On September 18, 2001 he married Audrey Fischer in Sleepy Eye. Donn farmed the family farm in Home Township, Brown County all his life. He also had been a salesman for Miller Sellner Implement in Sleepy Eye from 1964 – 2005. Donn enjoyed golfing, playing cribbage, watching the Vikings, having dogs as pets, being an Assistant Boy Scout Leader for Troop #100 in Sleepy Eye, spending time with his grandchildren and going to his coffee club every day. Donn was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye, The Charity Lodge #98, Zuhrah Shrine, Eastern Star, Boy Scouts of America and the Sleepy Eye Coffee Club.

Donn is survived by his wife, Audrey Bruess of Sleepy Eye; daughter, Sandy Bruess of Sleepy Eye; sons and daughters-in-law, William "Bill" and Mary Bruess of Minneapolis, Steve and JoDean Bruess of International Falls; grandchildren, Tara, Tyler, Trevor (Fiancée, Gabrielle), Talia, Kayla, Alex, Morgan, Rae, Ariel and Taylor; and a great grandson, Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Margaret Bruess on February 20, 1999.