Brian Vick

Thursday, February 1, 2024 1:46 pm

Brian Gordon Vick, known to many as Pruitt, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 at the age of 59.

Brian was born on Dec. 28, 1964 in Decorah, Iowa, to Gordon and Gloria (Barth) Vick. He was baptized on April 17, 1965 at Decorah Lutheran Church. Brian was the youngest of six children. He grew up on a dairy farm where his love for animals began. As a boy, he almost always had a dog at his heels. Each Thursday at the Livestock Market, Brian would get two cheeseburgers, one for himself and one for his dog.

Brian attended Westside Elementary School in Decorah. In 1977, when Brian was in 6th grade, his parents purchased the Lewiston Sales Barn and the family moved to Lewiston, MN. Brian graduated from Lewiston High School in 1984. During high school he met the love of his life Charla Ann Fortsch, who he would eventually marry on September 19th, 1987 at Immanuel Lutheran Church – Silo in Lewiston, Minn.

Brian and Charla started their married life together in a small house in Altura, Minn. During this time, Brian worked with his family at the salesbarn and on a dairy farm for Everett Kreidermacher. While living in Altura, Brian and Charla had four children, but quickly ran out of room after welcoming baby number four. They moved to the country on a farmstead outside of Lewiston, with 10 acres where Brian could have the hobby farm he always dreamed of.

The Lewiston Sales Barn was a big part of Brian’s life. At the barn he tended to the livestock and managed the movement of cattle through the auction. Brian’s two sons, Zach and Grant, spent most of their childhood with their dad at the salesbarn where they learned all about the family business. The three of them eventually purchased the salesbarn where Brian continued to work until he physically couldn’t anymore.

Besides his love for animals and the farm, Brian also enjoyed bowling, watching sports, playing cards, county fairs, and attending auctions. He could often be found enjoying a Mich Golden at the American Legion on the weekends, playing cards with friends or playing his luck with pull tabs. Brian also loved his community, he was a very kind and giving man.

Brian is survived by his wife Charla. His four children: Kayla (Mark) Roebke, Janelle (Carl) Eberle, Zachary (Anna) Vick, and Grant Vick (Sophie Scruggs); his four grandchildren: Annabelle Roebke, Madelyn Roebke, Henrik Eberle, and Levi Vick; his mother Gloria Vick and siblings: Cindy (John) Reynolds, Mark (Vicki) Vick, Kristi (Dean) Reps, Roxanne (John) Hungerholt, and brother-in-law Lee Hackman; his in-laws: Claudette Fortsch, Allen (Gloria) Fortsch Jr., Alanna (Tod) Kieffer, Jim Fortsch, Teresa Fortsch, Carolee (Roger) Bronk, Jerry Fortsch, Jana (Terry) Prigge, and Chad (Chris) Fortsch; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father Gordon Vick, sister Wanda Hackman, grandchild Baby Eberle, father-in-law Allen Fortsch Sr., brother-in-law Ben Pasche, brother-in-law Jeff Fortsch, and great-niece Emma Vick-Smith.

Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 at Immanuel Lutheran Church – Silo in Lewiston, Minn., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church – Silo in Lewiston. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Brian will be laid to rest immedetly following the service at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery – Silo.

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