Perry Wade Brintnell, aka “Big P” was born Feb. 22, 1956, in Grand Forks, the son of Donald and Betty (Pfannsmith) Brintnell and unexpectedly passed on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at his home. He grew up in Pembina and attended school there where he was active in Boy Scouts. Perry loved sports and was a standout athlete in basketball, football and track. He spent his summers farming with his uncle Clyde Pfannsmith.
After graduating Pembina High School in 1974, he attended Valley City State College where he earned a degree in industrial arts and physical education. During his four years at VCSC he played football in 1976 and in 1977 they were conference champions.
After graduating college Perry moved to the family farm near Fordville where he continued farming and took his first teaching job at Midway High School in 1979 and coached high school football. He then taught at Fordville High School and coached girls’ basketball. After teaching for 22 years he transitioned to being a full time farmer.
He loved his community! He was a member of the Fordville Fire Department and Quick Response Unit, he was one of the founding members of Dakota Prairie Wildlife Club. Perry was a member of the Ridge Runners Snowcat Club, and was the club’s long term president. He went on to be on the state snowmobile board where he was currently a board member. Perry was on the Medford Township Board and the Fordville Co-Op Board. He was an advocate for Matejcek Dam where he was considered the “Beach Commissioner” on Cocoa Beach.
Perry loved his nieces and nephews and watching them play in their sporting events. The highlight of his life was his great nephew Levi and niece Lauren.
Surviving members of his family include his father Don and wife Rubie; siblings, Randy (Carol) Brintnell, Gary (Kristi) Brintnell and Patty (Randy) Kuchar; nephews, Joshua Brintnell, Brian (Colie) Brintnell, Nathan (Breanna) Brintnell, Riley Kuchar (Mikan), Reid (Carly) Kuchar and Robb Kuchar; nieces, Lisa Brintnell (Andy) and Kaitlyn Brintnell; great nephews, Matthew Contreras and Levi Brintnell and great nieces, Addison Brintnell, Lauren Brintnell and Blake and Kodie Kuchar.
He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be directed to the Fordville Fire Department and Quick Response Unit.
VISITATION: Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service held in the Fordville Lutheran Church. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the funeral.
FUNERAL SERVICES: Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Fordville Lutheran Church.
INTERMENT will be held in the spring in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fordville.
Officiating will be Pastor Jeffrey Neuberger. Music selections will be provided by Sylvia Madson, organist and Mary Ralston, soloist. Casket bearers are nieces and nephews, Joshua Brintnell, Brian Brintnell, Lisa Brintnell, Riley Kuchar, Nathan Brintnell, Reid Kuchar, Robb Kuchar and Kaitlyn Brintnell.
Online guestbook: www.bakkefuneralhomes.com. Bakke – Casement Funeral Home, Fordville