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Bryan John “BJ” Brengman, age 60 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away July 3, 2023.

I was the proud owner of BJ’s Deli in Buffalo, MN for 23 years. After 48 years in the restaurant industry, I’ve put away my soup kettle, pie plates, and pasta bowls. God has called me Home. I’ve been honored to be part of many celebrations on my beautiful corner in downtown Buffalo.

Preceded in death by my mother and father, Rick and Patricia Brengman; my brothers, Michael and Gerald; and nephew, John Wyatt.

Survived by my siblings, Paul Koscielski, James (Jennell) Brengman, Lawrence Brengman, Patricia (Edward) Hayford, Lawrence (Lisa) Spratt, and Robert (Tarah) Spratt; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends–especially Lisa, Brion, Kurt, Kay, Terry, and Susan. And of course, my baby boy, Niko.

I also want to thank my primary care physician Jackie Couette and hospice nurse Madi for the wonderful care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be directed to family.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN (119 Central Ave) from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. A brief prayer service and time for sharing memories or stories will begin at 7:30 PM.

Funeral service will be held Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN (1200 Hwy 25 South). Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo, MN. The service will be livestreamed via

Arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Karen Anderson

    What a kind and caring human being! Thank you BJ for always welcoming each person walking in the Deli or just strolling past your corner! Love was felt and your kindness made a difference! Thank you! Peace and Comfort to friends and family!!

  2. Jessica H

    Rest in peace. Buffalo will miss you. Blessings to your loved ones.

  3. Tracy Brandes

    Such a wonderful human! You were in pain or suffering , but always had a smile for all of us! Rest in heaven dear friend. I can’t wait to share a bite again up there!

  4. Joann

    I’ve known you since I moved here 10 years ago… you welcomed me here with opened arms you were my best friend when we weren’t killing each other lol … I will never forget you-you have a place in my heart always … it was a pleasure knowing you & you will be greatly missed…. Your bff Joann (Brooklyn)

  5. Missy Jenkins

    BJ we go back from Sunset Restaurant days to opening up your deli and the golf course restaurant 30 special years that we have been friends. You rest now no more suffering I love you my friend, see you next time around🙏🙏💞💞

  6. Lisa Spencer

    Our community lost a wonderful person. RIP BJ

  7. Diana Essig

    Lexi(German Shepherd) and I would always stop in for soup couple times a week, weather permitting and BJ would always acknowledge us with a smile and conversation. Will certainly miss seeing him 😢

  8. Diana Essig

    Lexi, my German Shepherd and I would always stop in for soup a couple times a week. Weather permitting

    BJ would always be smiling and spend time in conversation with us. Sure going to miss him 😢

  9. Rita Varner-Otness, DC, Buffalo Chiropractic Clinic

    What a great business neighbor you were to me around the corner. Always a smile and a hi from you when I would have a tasty lunch at your deli or stop for morning coffee. You will be missed by so many.
    Thank you for all you did for “downtown” Buffalo.

  10. Brion Freiberg

    1968 to 2023. 55 years of friendship. Laughter, tears,good times,bad times. My life is forever changed. I miss you my dear friend and forever will. You are finally at rest and in peace. Thank you for being my friend.

  11. Lori T. (Tenney)

    BJ, you made a difference, to many individuals as well as our entire community, with your warmth and friendliness along with the delicious comfort of the deli! Thank you! You will be missed!

  12. Pajibo

    Hi,BB, go ahead and take your flight on eagle’s wings…

  13. Danielle

    You were an almost every Tuesday regular at Papa Murphy’s and you were by far my favorite customer. You were always happy no matter how you were feeling and I felt very special when you brought me carrot cake for my birthday. You were also my neighbor and I will never forget finding your little pups roaming around lost in my yard. It was great following you on social media and chatting with you more and more. I knew you were going to leave us but I was shocked when it happened so quickly. You will be missed by so many people because you were an incredible man and you touched a lot of hearts. Probably more than you will ever know.

  14. Taunya Gumphrey

    Bj was such a kind gentle soul. May he rest in paradise forever. Huge thank you and appreciation for Jim and Jennell Brengman who cared for him in his final days with us on earth in their home. Love you all 💞


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