Bruce EschlerBruce Eschler, 62, of Kennedy, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on December 25th, 2011 of injuries he received in an automobile accident.
Bruce Eschler, 62, of Kennedy, Minnesota passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock on December 25th, 2011 of injuries he received in an automobile accident. Bruce Lynn Eschler aka, Fred the Bear, FTB, Freddie, Bear and El Oso was born March 25, 1949 at Hallock, Minnesota the son of John and LaVerna (Johnson) Eschler. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Maria Lutheran Church. Bruce graduated from Kennedy High School in 1967 and received his business degree from the University of Minnesota at Crookston. He worked road construction and set up grain bins for several years before opening The Bear's Den at Donaldson, Minnesota in 1980. Fred the Bear closed the Den in 2000 and worked part time at the Kennedy VFW, the Zoo in Drayton and helped at several area farms. He also managed the club house at Two River Golf Course for two years.
Family members include a sister, Ginny (Ron) Reese, East Island Lake, Dent, Minnesota; a brother, Dale (Sheila) Eschler, Hallock, MN; nephews, Christopher (Laura) Reese and son, Jamesen, Brian Reese, Jason (Darcie) Keenan and their children, Ashton and Brekin; and niece Brianna (Ashlan Kukowski) Eschler. He was preceded in death by his parents; and friend and furry companion, "Spike".
Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Maria Lutheran Church, Kennedy.
Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
The Austin Funeral Home of Hallock is in charge of arrangements.
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