Brent Gatzke


Brent Alan Gatzke, 52, Mandan, North Dakota unexpectedly and sadly left us on 30 April 2024. A routine stent turned into an emergency heart surgery where he was unable to fully recover.  Services will be on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Brent was born November 2, 1971 in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Brent’s greatest achievement in life was raising his three independent and courageous daughters to be the wonderful women they are today.  As he was a stay-at-home father for ten years of their lives. He was happily married to the love of his life for 28 years.  They met and have been by each other’s side since August of 1990.

He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved to go camping with his family and friends. He loved to go hiking and go on walks with his crazy four-legged sidekicks Ollie and Tucker.  He enjoyed fishing, although he would tell you he never caught many. He mainly went to spend time with his friends and family. He was always known to say we’re “making memories” which he made a lot of them and blessed so many with his presence and quick wit. Brent was known to be a high-spirited, fun loving and all-around wonderful person. To know him was to love him.  He could make a new friend with one smile, one joke or inappropriate remark (always a comedian). He would brighten up a room when he walked into it. He was probably most known for being the gadget guy and was known as Gadget Gatzke.  He had them all, and probably more than one.  He would always say he was not book smart but street smart.  Common sense was in no short supply with Brent. He was extremely intelligent and was always researching his next hobby or task he was going to get around to when he felt better.  He had an amazing heart and would do anything to help anyone as he was a very kind and generous man. He’d gladly hand money to someone in need when he felt called by God to do so as well as pick up people alongside the road to get a little closer to their destination.  He enjoyed visits to Deadwood, SD, live music, and anything to do with music as long as it was loud! He was a fire bug who loved sitting around a bonfire out camping with his favorite people or having one lit in the fireplace in the house or wood burning stove out in the garage.  He would always say you can never have enough wood.  If you would see his back yard there is definitely enough wood.

He was very mechanically inclined and loved to tinker with anything mechanical. He was employed with Subaru of Mandan and prior to that with Mid Dakota Wheel Alignment and Frame of Bismarck.  He graduated from Century High School where he met some of his greatest friends that will be forever family to the Gatzke’s.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Vance A. Preszler; grandparents, Rosella Gatzke, Helen and Richard Bartow. Recently his Mother In-law Violet R. Ohlhauser who shared the same birthday with Brent and many additional family members.

He is survived by his wife, Sherise R. Gatzke; his daughters, Ashley R. Gatzke, Alexis R. Werre and Her Husband Aaron K. Werre, and Amanda M. Gatzke; mother, Jane Preszler; father, Gordon Gatzke; stepmother, Lorraine Gatzke; sisters, Penny Gatzke, Annette Gatzke, Carol Ann (Mike) Miller; brother Travis (Jenny) Gatzke; stepsisters, Jennifer Erhardt & Melanie Erhardt Along with his many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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We are so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! RIP Brent!

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs, prayers and lots of love!

I am a coworker of Brent. I did not get to meet his family yet but my thoughts are with you. Rest in peace.

So sorry for your loss in our thoughts and prayers!

Sherise, Ashley, Lexi, Amanda and the entire Gatzke family,
I’m so sorry and stunned to hear of Brent’s passing, Brent was a great guy and my brother-in-law for about 15 years. He was a fun loving happy guy and someone I’m going to miss. I just ran into Brent about 3 weeks ago and we visited for about a half hour. He was a good guy and will be missed, prayers to the entire family during this time and may Brent rest in peace in Jesus’s arms. God Bless you all.

Brent was on my Mount Rushmore of friends/people I’ve ever known. He and I had so many memories from 3rd grade at Lewis and Clark Elementary all the way through high school and beyondnwhen he and Sherise moved to Fargo. His memory will last forever. Not only with me, but with so many people that he touched. A pure class act human being. I’m thoroughly HONORED to have been his friend. My love and very sincere condolences are extended to his wonderful wife and 3 beautiful daughters. God speed Brent. Until I join you, sir….put in a good word for me. See you soon, Brother.

A beautiful tribute to an awesome man. Everyone who knew Brent will always have special memories to carry on. We are fortunate to have known Brent and will cherish our memories. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

We are so sorry for your loss!! You are in our thoughts and prayers!!

We are so so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the beautiful memories you must have of a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Dear Gatzke Family ~ A wonderful tribute. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember the caring Dad that was so involved in his beautiful daughters’ lives at Mary Stark. I pray that you find comfort in the many memories that you have of Brent. My deepest sympathy. Tammy Bopp

Brent was a great man. I’m a better person having known him.