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Sean Ness, age 62 of Buffalo, MN, passed away on December 4, 2018. He was raised on a farm in Franklin, MN; the oldest of six children to Kermit and Darlene Ness. He grew up playing various sports for his high school teams and was part of the FFA. Sean graduated from Franklin High School in 1974, and furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus. He lived in the “Farm House Frat” and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science.

After working various jobs and completing college, he moved to Buffalo in 1985 to start his career at Centra Sota. While living in Buffalo, he played on softball teams, golfed with friends, and even helped organize the annual Keystone Golf Tournament–the perfect excuse to miss a day of work!

Sean not only stayed active with sports, he also coached his sons’ basketball and football teams and also his step-daughter’s travelling basketball team. He was very supportive of the local youth sporting teams and groups.

In 2000, he married Lynn Pedersen, whom he affectionately nicknamed, “The Lynn” and welcomed her two children into the family. The family enjoyed spending time at the cabin in Barnum, MN, known as the “Bare NESS-ecity”.

He helped create a lot of special memories with friends and family: spending time at Catfish Derby Days in Franklin, going to meat raffles, hanging out at the Buffalo Bar and Grill with his friends at the “Amen Corner”, cruising around, participating in Pheasants Forever events, and most importantly, being a grandpa to Kylie Kay.

Sean is survived by his wife, The Lynn; children, Brent Ness and Craig (Ashley Loebertmann) Ness; step-children, Ingrid (Matt Leaf) Leask and Ewan Leask; granddaughter, Kylie Kay Ness; siblings, Brian (Peggy) Ness, Michelle (Sam) Smith, Kelly Ness, Jodi (Terry) Nelson, and Tom Ness; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many special friends from Franklin, Buffalo, and the Muni in Barnum, MN.

A Memorial Service for Sean will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 1200 Hwy 25 South, Buffalo, MN. A private interment will take place at a later date. Pastor John Folkerds will officiate.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be directed to

18 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rozeita Thomas

    Our father who art n heaven sanctified b ur name life’s journey seems as though Bro Sean enjoyed making memories along the way may his journey continue until u all r making memories again wit him.. Amen!

  2. Susan Remus

    Kermit and Darlene lived next to us in Franklin for many years and I babysat with several of their children. Sean and I connected at Catfish days several times. Great man, great memories! Susan(Mumme)Remus

  3. Nancy Trenbeath

    God’s Blessings to you all! Wish we could be there to support you but know that you are in my thoughts nonstop!

  4. Ike Kvasnicka

    Our Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a tremendous loss with the passing of Sean. But you can take consolation in that Sean continues to give to others thru his organ donation. My concern is that the recipients of Sean’s organs are ready for the living life on the edge attitude that he has. It was a privilege to have Sean as a fraternity brother and friend. Our time together was very special and I cherish the memories.
    God Bless your family.

  5. Frank A. Bezdicek

    On behalf of all Minnesota FarmHouse Fraternity members and alumni I extend my sincere condolences and prayers in the death of Brother Ness.

    May Sean rest in everlasting peace.

  6. Dean E Mathiowetz

    sorry for your loss. thoughts and prayers are with at this time

  7. Darcee Mickelson/Neudecker

    I am so sorry to hear of Sean’s passing! I am also originally from Franklin and graduated with his brother, Brian.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of great sorrow.

  8. Caroline

    ‘Uncle Sean’ was an amazing man that we will always remember with love. We were so lucky to have known him, love to the whole family, Caroline, Steve, Leo and Aaron from the UK.

  9. C. LeRoy Erickson

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a friend, husband, father, grandpa and all the other roles that Sean filled. I have great memories of playing ball down in the Franklin Tournaments, talking “smart”, trading stories and having his kids in school at Buffalo. My thoughts and prayers are with all. Yours truly, C. LeRoy Erickson

  10. Jim Johnson

    Our sincere and deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We knew Sean as part 0f the Co-op. And his father way back as a “Buffalo Till” user.

    JIM & Joanne Johnson (Jeff’s Parents)

  11. Tom Simonsen

    You were a classmate, teammate, fraternity brother, but above all, a friend.
    You lived life here to the fullest, all while making us smile. May we all do the same. RIP buddy!!

  12. Deanna (Hoffman) Shanahan

    Sincere sympathy to the Ness family. Sean was a classmate in Franklin and we had many good laughs together. We both had to sit in the back row every year because we were the tallest kids in the class. He always knew how to bring joy into a room. May your memories bring you comfort.

  13. DOnna Hoffman

    Sorry for your loss. Hard to lose a family member. Thinking of all of you and prayers to all .

  14. Ron Deming

    You have my sympathy in the loss of Sean.

  15. Cliff & Wendy Duske

    We will miss Sean at CentraSota … have known him many years. Prayers going up for his loved ones at this time of loss. He was well liked.

    2 Corinthians 1:3-4

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

  16. James kinneman (cook)

    I didnt know him every long. But waiting on him and talking to him at bbgs, he was a great man, kind, generous and funny. We will be missed.

  17. Mike Rathman

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Sean. I knew him thru the Jaycees in the ’80s and he was always an outstanding person. My sincere condolences to the Ness family & all who knew him.

    Mike & Darliss Rathman

  18. Jen Pfeffer-Dittes

    I am so saddened to hear of Sean’s death. I knew him from the Keystone Classic event at Wild Marsh. He was a such a kind man. My sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones.


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