Brian James Ekstrand

Brian Ekstrand

Brian James Ekstrand, age 25 of North Branch, Minnesota, passed away on June 18, 2012 at his home surrounded by family.  Brian was born on June 21, 1986.

He graduated from Unity High School in 2004. After graduation he moved to North Branch and resided there until his death.

Brian was the master of contagious smiles and you couldn’t help but be happy to see him.  He was an inspiration to anybody who met him.

The fight inside him fueled by the determination to get what he wanted, with the helping hand of God, made it impossible not to admire him.

Brian enjoyed listening to music, walks outside, riding his motorcycle and being read to.

He was always so full of happiness and loved people to visit and talk with him.  Nobody would ever leave without a smile. He was able to bring joy to anybody who ever met him.

He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.  He touched many lives on this earth and has gone home to dance, sing, and run in the presence of his savior, Jesus.

Brian is survived by his parents Jan (Kevin) Traurig; sisters Angie (Adrian) Covey, Carina Walpole, and Kelly (Virgil) Campbell; grandparents Darlene (Donald) Kunzer, Jacquie (Greg) Lunde; many aunts, uncles, cousins, 7 nieces and nephews; and biological father Brian Ekstrand.

He is preceded in death by cousin Paul Van Dyke; grandfather Cleve Van Dyke; great-grandmother Mabel Lindstrom; and great-grandfather Ray Ginder.

Celebration of Life 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch with reception to follow at Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd., in Forest Lake.  Visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights.  Condolences may be left online at

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