Richard Brace, 56

Richard W. “Rich” Brace, a resident of Brainerd, died suddenly Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, while on his over the road truck route in South Dakota.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with visitation the hour before the service, with the Rev. Mr. Roger Marks officiating.

Rich enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and tinkering on the farm. Rich married Diane Sowl, Aug. 31, 1985, in Minneapolis. His nieces and nephews were very special to him. He could fix almost anything and he will always be remembered for his hearty laugh.

Surviving are his wife , Diane; mother, Alice Brace; brother, Robert (Margaret) Brace; sisters, Linda (Mark) Johnson and Lisa (Dave) Najmon; nephews. Dan Johnson, Brandon (Mia) Brace, Aaron Packer and Jason Packer; nieces, Shara Brace, Danielle Morrissette and Amanda and Nicole Najmon; great-nephews, Michael and Antonio Morrissette; aunt Marie Johnson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Stanley Sowl; and sister-in-law, Linda (Kevin) Packer.

He was preceded in death by his father Wallace, his sister Laura and his brother Mark.