Brett Jonas

brett jonas
Brett Jonas, age 41, our miracle and beloved son, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away, Friday, November 25, 2016 at Sanford Palliative Care in Fargo. Brett was born in Grand Forks, ND on December 6, 1974. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and worked as a ceramic contractor for several companies in the Detroit Lakes area. He loved to fish and hunt and was always looking forward to one or the other. He is survived by his parents: Herb and Bonita “Bonnie” (Christesen) Jonas of Detroit Lakes. They often worried about Brett being alone as an only child, but those worries subsided as Brett grew into an amazing man that had many friends and became part of many of their families. VISITATION: from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2016 at the First Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, MN FUNERAL SERVICE: 1:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2016 at First Methodist Church; 885 Pembina Trail, Detroit Lakes, MN.


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  1. Thoughts and prayers are with Brett’s family during this difficult time. May god bless you and watch over you both during this time.

  2. To the Jonas Family:

    Words can not express the loss you are going through at this difficult time. Brett was a classmate of mine as we went to high school together. What a great person he was. RIP Brett!!

  3. Herb and Bonnie, words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy to you in your loss of Brett. He will be missed and remembered by many, including us. He had a special place in our family. I received a prayer from a friend that I would like to share with you.

    The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts,
    the safest place to be is in someone’s prayers,
    and the very best place to be is…..
    …in the hands of God.

    Love Phil and Alice

  4. I got to meet your son through Jay and Jeri… what a great son you had. I am happy that I got to meet him. You are two lucky parents to raise such a wonderful son. take and god bless…

  5. Brett was a great guy. Worked with him at WeFest. Knew how to live life to the fullest and be a good leader. Always a part of the crew. Heaven gained a gem too soon.

  6. I have been lucky to have known Brett for many years and come to see him as a little brother as he and my brother Shane were good friends. Brett always had a smile on his face and would help anybody. Brett will be so missed by many people as he had have many friends and people who love him. Rest in peace my friend/brother.

  7. Brett was probably one of the sweetest, most courageous souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His wonderful example will stay with me always.

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Brett’s passing. I didn’t know him only as a small child, but enjoyed babysitting him when you two had to work. He was a very good little boy. Always so hard to say goodbye. Cherish your memoies of Brett as you go through this difficult time.

    Your former 16th St S neighbor, Bernie Beto

  9. My heart felt condolences go out to Mr. and Mrs. Jonas for their loss. I worked with Brett over the years beginning in 1996 and he was always one of my favorite co-workers. He will be sorely missed. RIP Brett, my friend.

  10. You were taken way to soon, you are now pain free. I will always remember your advice to live life to the fullest and be happy in life you are a great man classmate friend thank you for our chats and all the great memories we have made growing up RIP Brett

  11. Herb n Bonnie my heart aches to hear him pass. He has earned his beautiful wings and is in a better place without pain. My deepest sympathies to you. We pray for strength during this difficult time.

  12. I went to school with Brett from K-12. Last spring I had a chance to “catch up” and reminisce with him for a few hours for he was helping me finish a project. I cherished our conversations and he will be greatly missed!
    I will always remember Brett as a kind, laughing, and happy person.

    My deepest sympathies to you Bonnie and Herb.

  13. You were a great man and one of my best friends. I’m going to truly miss you and the fun times we had. Rest in peace bro.

  14. I am honored to have helped care for Brett on The Palliative Care unit during his time of need. His pain is gone and he’s resting peacefully in a beautiful place. God bless you all.

  15. Im going to miss that smile and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes! You are loved and you will be missed dearly!

  16. Brett was a friend in high school. He always had a smile. My deepest sympathies to your family. You are in my prayers.

  17. Bonnie and Herb, I am so sorry to hear about Brett
    passing. I haven’t seen you guys for a very long time.Take care and I am thinking of you.

  18. Dear Herb and Bonnie, Our sincere condolences on the loss of Brett. We extend our heartfelt sympathy.
    Richard and Mary Jane Hay

  19. Rest In Peace Brett. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. May our memories of you make us smile and comfort us in this time of sorrow.

  20. My prayers go out to all of Bretts family and friends. Brett and I have shared many great memories and laughs through the years and he will truly be missed. It has been an honor and my privilege to call him my friend. Rest in peace Brett.

  21. Prayers to the Jonas family. Brett had an infectious smile and was a great friend to many. He will be missed.

  22. Douglas and Marlene Lilleby

    With heartfelt sympathy from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We have not been together for a long time, but your memories will live forever as well will ours. Our Love!

  23. Brett you will be missed been years since I saw you but I do reameber that smile and laugh and that you where a very caring kind man. Prayers to Brett family. RIP Brett

  24. Bonnie and Herb,
    I am so saddened to hear about your loss. I remember when you brought Brett to St. John’s hospital as a tiny baby to visit us. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mary Honek Rohla

  25. This is such a tragedy. Brett was so nice to everyone in high school. He had such a great laugh and all around a good guy. He surely will be missed. My prayers for his family and friends.

  26. I am so sorry to hear that you have lost a son. When I saw the name Jonas I wondered if it was the same one I remember from my childhood. My father had the 10th Street Grocery and you lived on 9th Avenue South, across from the O’Shea Apartments and the Paul Ryans. Your mother would always come out on the porch and call for Herbie. Only she had an accent and it sounded like Hoibie, Hoibie.

    I will be 74 next month and I remember those things so clearly, but I can’t remember what I did five minutes ago. My younger sister is Janelle (Hongess) Bohrod and my brother is Ed Hongess.

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