Hilmer Allen BrostHilmer Allen Brost, age 86, a well known Crookston, Minnesota resident and businessman, died early Tuesday morning, February 1, 2011, in the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Hilmer Allen Brost
Hilmer Allen Brost, age 86, a well known Crookston, Minnesota resident and businessman, died early Tuesday morning, February 1, 2011, in the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.
Hilmer was born at Kulm, North Dakota on February 4, 1924, the son of David and Margaret (Gall) Brost. He grew up in Kulm, where he was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and was a 1942 graduate of Kulm High School. Hilmer and his brother, Wilbert, formed a partnership in Kulm known as Brost Brothers, which operated a Chevrolet-Oldsmobile automobile dealership and a John Deere implement dealership, coupled with a hardware and appliance store. On August 13, 1944 he was united in marriage to Hildegard Ross in the Brost family home in Kulm. Three children were born to their union-Allen, Elaine and Laura Beth. In 1967 Hilmer sold his share in the business to his brother. The family then moved to Crookston, Minnesota where he purchased Mason Chevrolet, renaming it Brost Chevrolet. In 1969 Hilmer moved his business to a new building located at 1600 University Avenue, and in 1974 his son, Allen, became a partner. In 1982 they added the Cadillac franchise and the business became known as Brost Chevrolet-Cadillac. From the early 1970's, Hilmer and Hilde began spending several weeks every winter in Mesa, Arizona, and became longtime members of the Apache Wells Country Club. After purchasing a second home there in 1985 they began staying longer. In 1989 Allen bought out Hilmer's interest in the dealership and the couple began spending half the year in Mesa. Hilmer had continued to be actively involved in Brost Chevrolet as a consultant up to the present time.
While living in Kulm, Hilmer was an active member and officeholder in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. He was a leader of the Kulm Improvement Association, served on the Kulm Volunteer Fire Department, and belonged to the Kulm Lions Club and Rod and Gun Club. After moving to Crookston, Hilmer became a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Crookston Lions Club, and when coupled with his Kulm membership, Hilmer had been a Lion for sixty years. He also held longtime memberships in the Elks Lodge and Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, he had served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers' Association, and for six years on the Chevrolet Dealer Council. Many times throughout his career Hilmer was presented with world travel awards, given by General Motors in recognition of his outstanding sales achievements. Hilmer was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to hunt, fish, and golf with his son, Allen, and grandsons. He and Hilde had bowled for several years in a couples league. He also enjoyed playing cards, especially smear, with Hilde or at his weekly game with friends, and getting in a round of golf with them as well. Hilmer will be very sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.
Loving family members include his wife of sixty-six years, Hilde, a son and daughter-in-law, Allen H. and Bonnie Brost of Union Lake, near Erskine, MN; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine H. and Alfred "Fritz" Metzger and Laura Beth and Mark Lyczewski, of Crookston; six grandchildren, Eric (Melissa) Brost, David (Caroline) Brost, Josef Metzger (fiancé, Beth Smith), Rachel Metzger, Andrew (Michelle) Ross, and Travis Ross; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Brost of Fargo, ND; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Hilmer was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Edwin and Ann Brost, Alvin Brost, and Wilbert and Ida Brost; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Nora and John Gackle, Kathryn and Lloyd Stewart, Edna and Art Lewis, Dee and Joe Miller, and Ardella and Howard Anderson.
May God bless Hilmer's memory.
The funeral service and celebration of Hilmer's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 4, 2011, in the Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston, Minnesota with The Rev. Michelle Miller, officiating.
Visitation will be from 5-7:00 p.m Thursday in the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home, and for an hour before the funeral at the church.
Interment will be in the Oakdale Cemetery in Crookston.
Memorials may be made in Hilmer's name to the American Diabetes Association or Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston.