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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 62.1%

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Welcome to the Fairmont Class Of 1975 site!

Hopefully this website will make it easier to get in touch and enjoy each other's company.   

You can check out all the classmate's Senior photos by clicking on the "Show Yearbook Photo" box in the Classmate Profile section. 

Above all, enjoy the site and have fun sharing with the rest of us. Thanks for checking in! 




Question for the FHS Class of 1975 -- do you want to have a 46th reunion this year? Make your voice heard and wishes count and complete the survey ... please and thank you! The link to the survey is on our class website, in the left column, and it's called "46th Reunion?" or you can also find it here

Please note that you must be logged in to the class website to actually submit the survey.

We want to hear from you! Know that we're still planning on a 50th reunion. We're just wondering if you also want to have a 46th reunion.



MINNETONKA — Brian Harold Nettifee, 63, of Minnetonka, Minn., formerly of Fairmont, Minn., earned his angel wings on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the Landings Care Center in Minnetonka, after a brave battle with cancer. Brian’s life and legacy brought us all lessons, allowed us to see faith in action, and offered many the opportunity to learn from him in so many ways. Crescent Tide Cremation Services are assisting with the arrangements. 

Brian was born July 30, 1957, in Fairmont, Minn., the oldest son of the late Mary Charlene Nettifee (mother-2014) and Carl Clifford Nettifee, (father-1993). Brian graduated from Fairmont High School in 1975 and attended Granite Falls Vocational Technical Institute and Albert Lea Vocational Technical Institute. Brian always maintained an incredible ability to retain details, and he used these skills in many positions he held during his life, from the sales of Grit Newspapers, Fairmont Sentinel, and Minneapolis Tribune, to the management of the Gomsrud Park concession stand, to other support positions. From December 1979 through July 2007 he worked for the State of Minnesota and Department of Employee Relations, until he medically retired. Although Brian was no stranger to adversity, he overcame it again and again. He loved cars, auto racing and Nascar. He loved music of all kinds. He was a competitive roller skater and competed with the USA Rollerskating League. He also loved square dancing and took part in club dances for many years as well. He passionately supported such groups as the NRA and the United States Concealed Carry Association. He also loved bunnies and cats, and his loving and sensitive nature was revealed when he was around them. Brian’s faith through so many challenges, only grew stronger and he was such a powerful witness to those that knew him, in his own way. His favorite bible verse, Philippians 4: 6-7 it states: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Brian would want that peace for all that knew him too. “In the middle of the battle, when the fight is on, when the burden is heavy, I will sing this song-no weapon formed against me will prosper,” from the Daystar Singing Group was one of his favorite fighting songs-especially when he faced spiritual battles. His life, his lessons and his legacy will live powerfully for all in the days to come. His burden, relieved, he has won the battle. The courage, strength and bravery he modeled during so many challenges, most recently his last chapter with cancer, opened him to sharing this part of him with those around him, and we are all forever blessed by these conversations and time with our brother and friend. He spent some of this time crafting his own songs, and writings during this time too. One other favorite artist, Garth Brooks shared in “The Dance-I could have missed the pain, but then I would have missed the dance.” His writings shared the pain, his writings share the dance.

He is survived by his remaining siblings, Diane Nettifee Hilleren and her spouse, Jerry Hilleren, Julie Nettifee Osborne, Lynn Nettifee, and Alan Nettifee (Shellie Gallant); nephews, Jordan Osborne and Nathan Nettifee; many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, Brian requested donations to the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter-Martin County Humane Society, or to a donation of your choice in his honor. A celebration of life for him is being planned for spring 2021 and more details to be shared regarding this event in the near future.

From Brian's CaringBridge site:

"Brian..... Beloved child of God

Journal Entry by Diane Nettifee — 11 hours ago

At 7 pm on March 31st Brian Harold Nettifee passed away and he returned home.

We were praying for a merciful death and God heard. Our prayers were answered.  At the end he was unconscious and the pain was at bay. 

Thank you friends and family for all your words of love, support and care. Brian felt them all and you can not even imagine how much it helped him. When he was first diagnosed we had a window of time where our brother was more alive than we have seen him in years. He responded to be surrounded by your prayers, cards, emails, phone calls, songs and love. You made such a difference for Brian and our family. 

Over this past few months we have shared daily songs and scriptures with Brian, Diane, Julie, Lynn and Alan. 

He loved creating a theme for the week and sharing it with us all. May this final scripture give your spirit encouragement and peace as it did for Brian. 

"For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."   2 Timothy 6-8

Easter is real!"

Update on Brian Nettifee, from his Caring Bridge site:

"There is a beautiful Taizé hymn inspired by Jesus’ words in the Garden of Gethsemane, with the lyrics: 'Stay with me, remain here with me; watch and pray.' 

That is all we can do now. Brian is in his final days. The hospice nurse said a week or days.

We watch and pray for God's mercy in his passing. His pain has been significant. Morphine is now being administered regularly and Brian does not have many moments of consciousness.

As Christians, we are entering Holy Week where we remember and walk again with Jesus in his journey to the cross. Brian is making this same journey towards his death. As a family, we are grateful that you are helping us pray and watch as we wait for Brian to go home."

"Stand With Him" by Brian Nettifee

"Stand With Him" by Brian Nettifee

I got knocked down,

I got back up

I got rid of you

It was fun for awhile

But you hurt me, boy did you 

He Made me strong, to face the fight and I will stand with Him, backing me up

It could have ended better

But now I am not bitter

I know God planned it for me

His ways and truth guides to matter

He Made me strong, to face the fight and I will stand with Him, backing me up

He knew I would I would face,

A fight much greater.

He made me strong, To face the fight

And I will stand with Him, backing me up

He made me strong, To face the fight

And I will stand with Him, backing me up

He made me strong, To face the fight

And I will stand with Him, backing me up

And I will stand with him, backing me up (last time slowly)."

Brian Nettifee has requested that I let everyone know that he has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer and would welcome all emails, notes and prayers. He has a profile here on our class website, so you can communicate with him here if you'd like. Brian is also on Facebook if you prefer to encourage him using that method. Brian's email is A CaringBridge site has also been set up for him

I'm sure this is a very scary time for Brian. Let's keep him supported and encouraged as only the FHS Class of '75 can!

Big hugs, Brian! Stay strong!