Mitch's Live Streamed Funeral Service can be viewed below starting on Monday at 9:45 A.M.:
Mitchell Ryan Bricker, 46, Horace, ND, passed away on Friday, November 6th after a short, unexpected health battle at Essentia Health. He was always the life of the party and the world is a little dimmer without his light.
Mitch was born on January 28, 1974 in Lewistown, Montana to Don and Patty Bricker. Growing up his favorite place to be was on the farm with his father. Harvest was the time of year he looked forward to most. Until the end, he had a farmer’s spirit and always wished to have those times once again. As he grew up, he became active in Boy Scouts, 4-H, FFA and Band. He had many stories of 4-H and FFA adventures with his sister, Jennifer. He was also an Eagle Scout and never forgot to remind us of that when it was time to light a campfire. In high school he did a stand-up routine for his friends and family which he called “When Your Mom’s a Nurse… You Can’t Get Away With Anything.” He loved going to the hospital to watch his mom work, the last time he did that he was 30 years old. He told his mom that she reminded him of the nurse on Big Bang Theory. He was a very talented musician. He played music by ear before he could even read and sang his first solo in 3rd grade. He was never nervous about performing.
After he graduated, he pursued a degree in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern College (Powell, WY) and then transferred to the University of Denver School of Music, which at that time only accepted 6 saxophonists a year. The whole family went to his Junior Recital, including his grandma Johanna. She was so very proud of him. He spent time performing with bands in the Denver area and went on tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. When his time on the tour was up, he moved to Las Vegas and spent several years as part of the house band at Mandalay Bay, along with playing in other bands throughout the area. He then moved to California and ended up working for Blizzard Entertainment. One of the major highlights for him was being part of the team when the initial World of Warcraft game came out and his name is in the credits.
Mitch moved to Fargo in 2006 to be closer to his family. Soon after he met his future wife, Bobbi. She introduced him to her circle of friends who played poker on Friday nights, they soon became some of his closest friends. He looked forward to every Friday night because he said he finally felt like he “belonged.” Mitch and Bobbi were married on August 15, 2009. Their first son Blake August was born on January 6th, 2011. Becoming a father was a life changer for Mitch. He never knew he could love so much, and Blake became the center of his world. One day when Mitch was driving to get his beloved Starbucks, he saw two little boys walking to the bus and one of them slipped and fell on ice. The older brother helped the younger one up. At that point he knew that Blake needed a sibling. Jordan Paul joined the family on October 4, 2013. Those two boys lit up his days and he looked forward to opportunities to teach them about music and fishing. Mitch never lost his love of music and took every opportunity he could to teach them about his favorites (Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Jackson, Tower of Power, Rush, Weird Al, and more.) The Bricker boys have eclectic Spotify playlists for 7 and 9 year old boys. He never missed an opportunity to love on them and especially loved evening dog piles and wresting in the living room.
While Mitch was in Fargo, he worked for VMC Consulting for over 10 years, and currently was working for Cognosante. His two work families resulted in strong relationships that extended outside of work. The family has received an outpouring of love and support from so many that he’s worked with though the years.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi (Knell) Bricker; sons, Blake and Jordan Bricker; parents, Don and Patty Bricker; sister, Jennifer Shipp; and 6 nieces and 6 nephews. His nephew Tysen and niece Kaitlyn held a very special place in his heart and he always wished he spent more time with them when they were younger, when he was travelling as a musician. Mitch was proceeded in death by his grandmother, Johanna Bricker; great grandmother, Jessie Riggs; and uncle Herbert Kjersem.
Mitch's Video Tribute can be viewed below: