Brinkhaus, Stanley Peter

Brinkhaus, Stanley Peter

November 14, 1944 – April 3, 2016
Age 71, died peacefully at his rural Shakopee home on Sunday, April 3. Born in Chaska, MN on November 14, 1944, he was the son of Clarence Brinkhaus, who owned the local Red Owl Store, and Caroline Haerden Brinkhaus, a homemaker. The fourth of six children, Stan often pointed out homes where he delivered groceries as a kid and loved that the Chaska Historical Society is housed in his grandfather’s old livery stable. Stan and Patricia Ries married on February 4, 1967 and Stan moved “across the river” to Shakopee. Years later he developed land and built his long-time home in Louisville Township. After a brief stint at Mankato State University and in the active Army Reserves, he worked on the Ford assembly line in St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota, and was a pioneer in the mobile/cell phone industry. Later, he and business partner Dale Dahlke helped Shakopee grow to the south and west. More recently, he traded options, working closely with Dale. Patty died in 2000 and Stan and Margaret Nelson married at the Marystown Church in 2007. He struggled with COPD for many years and was inspiring in his determination to live. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, and his parents Clarence and Caroline. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Jeff (Michele), Jill Brinkhaus, and Jackie Shirvinski; and three grandsons, Jack, Riley and Alex. He is also survived by five siblings (Don, Jack, Mary and Tom Brinkhaus, and Carol Fahey) and a large extended family. Friends and family are invited to a gathering in honor of Stan on Saturday, April 9, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Stonebrooke Golf Club, at 2693 County Road 79, Shakopee 55379. In keeping with his wishes, it will be a casual chance to visit, with no program/service. Burial will be private. (Published in the Star Tribune on April 6, 2016)