Obituary for Dean Britton

Dean M. Britton, 81, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Dean was born in Brainerd, MN. He spent many years in the area working on the family farm in Ft. Ripley, graduating from Little Falls High School in 1954. After graduation, Dean travelled out west, eventually living in San Diego and working for Ryan Aircraft. He eventually returned home and began working for a local trucking company as an over the road driver, allowing him to travel the US. Soon after, […]

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Dean M. Britton, 81, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2017, at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.

Dean was born in Brainerd, MN. He spent many years in the area working on the family farm in Ft. Ripley, graduating from Little Falls High School in 1954. After graduation, Dean travelled out west, eventually living in San Diego and working for Ryan Aircraft. He eventually returned home and began working for a local trucking company as an over the road driver, allowing him to travel the US. Soon after, he was drafted and served 2 years in the U.S. Army. While home on leave, Dean met his future wife, Marlys (“Mitzi”) Soltau, in Minneapolis. They married in 1961.

Upon an earlier trucking visit to Northfield, Dean had discovered the local moving company was for sale. Along with his brother and wife, the two couples purchased the business and renamed it Britton Bros. Moving and Storage. Several years later, Dean and Mitzi became sole owners of the business, operating it until sold in 1984 when Dean began semi-retirement.

As a long-time, respected, Northfield businessman, Dean looked for new challenges in the area. He achieved his realtor’s license and began work with Al Thorpe Realty. He enjoyed a successful second career earning “million dollar” status in home sales.

Upon retirement, Dean and Mitzi enjoyed traveling. A cruise in the Mediterranean, adventures in Hawaii, and a 40th wedding anniversary cruise through the Panama Canal were some favorites. Dean also enjoyed antique cars and owned a 1953 Mercury which he kept polished and ready for a drive on sunny windless days. He loved all things John Deere and used his lovingly restored John Deere 520 tractor to support local friends with their plowing. He was a long-time passionate member of the Rice County Steam and Gas Engine Club sharing his knowledge and skills on several major projects.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mitzi, his parents, and one brother. He is survived by his 3 children, along with two adored grandchildren, one brother, and one sister. His family will always cherish his gentle, kind, polite way, and his marvelous sense of humor. He was a wonderful man, father, and grandfather.

He will be interred alongside his wife at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Bloomington, MN.

A private memorial with honor guard is planned.

Memorials to the Rice County Gas and Steam Engine Club would be most appreciated.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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5 Comments

  1. jim stenstrom

    We will miss your father. He was a big part of our lives for many years.

    Reply
    • Anita

      Thank you…we will always cherish your family friendship.

      Reply
  2. Jane Moline

    Dean gave my husband, Chip DeMann, his first job when he moved back to Northfield at the age of 15. He taught Chip
    The finer points of moving people’s lives. He really was a “mover and a shaker”.

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    • Anita, Dean's daughter

      Thank you…I’m sure Chip got to hear all of his jokes, too!

      Reply
  3. Darold & Mimi Britton

    Dean was a great brother and brother in law. He will be missed by both of us and our families.

    Reply

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