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Raymond Christian Reformed Church
Tuesday March 29th, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Raymond Christian Reformed Church
Wednesday March 30th, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Brett Allan Venema

Brett A. Venema, age 63, of Raymond, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 24, at the St. Cloud Hospital.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church which will be livestreamed at:.  


Interment will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Raymond.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.  Arrangements are entrusted to Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com


Brett Allan Venema was born on February 6, 1959, in Austin, Minnesota, the son of William “Bill” and Patricia “Pat” (Butler) Venema.  He grew up and received his education in Austin.  For over 20 years, Brett was self-employed installing flooring along with his father.  On September 23, 1978, he was married to Deborah Dodds and they made their home in Grand Rapids.  In 1986, they moved to Minneapolis.  In 1988, they moved to the Raymond community and Brett began working as a cabinet maker for Gary’s Cabinets in Prinsburg.  In 2009, he retired due to health reasons.  Brett served for many years on the Raymond City Council and was instrumental in the new Raymond Golf Course.   His hobbies included hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking and sports.  He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Wild.  Brett also enjoyed competitive duck and goose calling contests as a youth and young adult, which he and his brothers won many competitions.  He will be remembered for someone that was easy to talk to and had a good sense of humor.


He is survived by his two daughters,  Stacy (and Chris) Hanson of Dodge Center and April (and Jacob) Dean of Claremont; five grandchildren, Kye and Kale Hanson and Adriana, Autumn and Avery Dean.  Also surviving is his mother, Pat Jorstad of Grand Rapids; three brothers, Steve (and Tina) Venema of Grand Rapids, Todd (and Desaree) Venema of Colorado Springs, CO., and Casey (and Kim) Venema of Bovey; and special friends, Pam Haugen and the Wassink family, besides other relatives and many other friends.


He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.


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Stacy and April I am sorry I was unable to attend. I extend my sympathy to both of you.
Susan Honken

Susan Honken Apr 2 2022 11:46 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brett Venema

Steve and Bonnie Andresen Mar 30 2022 12:40 AM

I must tell you, how thoughtful and faithful, Brett has been, for probably, the last 10/12 yrs..This past year, when he was so sick, not as often…
He would always call on my birthday and Christmas.. and we had great discussions, mostly we talked about the Lord.
This past year, I’ve called him mostly and I could tell how sick he was, his voice was so weak…
I will truly miss those calls, we shared.
Loves to you— Uncle Dale

Dale Venema Mar 29 2022 8:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Brett Venema

The Frimanslund’s Mar 29 2022 6:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Brett Venema

Zach Wolff Mar 27 2022 12:38 PM

My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Dianne Venema Mar 27 2022 11:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brett Venema

Barbara (Dianne) Venema Mar 27 2022 11:39 AM