Keith George Brekken, 78, died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2022. Keith was born on April 6, 1944 in Portland, Oregon to Raymond and Helen (Fennern) Brekken. The Brekken family moved to Detroit Lakes, MN in 1949 where Keith and his two brothers grew up and attended Holy Rosary Catholic School. Keith then graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1962. Keith was a Boy Scout and participated in track and field, hockey, and football, while helping his father, working at the men’s clothing store in Brekken. After high school, Keith attended Moorhead State before joining the Army National Guard in 1964. Keith served for 22 years and was trained in many military weapons such as the AR-15, M -16, the M-60, the TOW 105 missile, as well as many others. . He also worked in flood control as a staff sergeant for three different floods in the Red River Valley extending to the Canadian border. For this service he was awarded the MN Commendation Medal.
In 1965 Keith met the love of his life, Kathleen Kay Benson, and they were married on May 4, 1968 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They moved to Moorhead, MN then to Grand Forks, ND while Keith worked for GMAC (General Motors Acceptance), until 1971 when Keith, Kathleen and their two children John and Jill moved back to Rochert, MN and lived in Kathleen’s childhood home for the past 51 years.
Keith worked as a loan officer at the Detroit State Bank which became the First American Bank, Keith then became the bank’s vice president for nineteen years. In 1990 Keith was elected Becker County Auditor and served a total of four terms serving his community until 2006 when he retired. He was also treasurer of Detroit Lakes Jaycee’s, United Way, Becker County Fair Board, was a member of the American Legion. , Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus for 58 years.
Keith enjoyed duck, deer and grouse hunting. ride his ATV, hikes in the north, photography, woodworking and trap shooting league.
Keith is survived by his wife of 54 years Kathleen (Benson) Brekken, his son John Brekken, his granddaughter Brianna (Ethan) Byer, his brothers R. Gary (Judy) Brekken, William “Bill” (Jane) Brekken and his son-in-law Bruce Blauert.
He is predeceased by his parents Raymond and Helen Brekken and his daughter Jill R. Blauert.
Services for Keith with being Monday, May 23, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, visitation at 10:30 a.m., rosary at 11:15 a.m. and service at noon. Services provided by the David-Donehower Funeral Home.