Bryan Pohlen

Bryan Pohlen


October 31, 1962 - November 19, 2023


Bryan Pohlen, 61, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 Saturday, November 25, at RiverTree Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at RiverTree Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Master Sergeant, Bryan Keith Pohlen was born on October 31, 1962, in Canby, Minnesota to Magnus and Agnes (Haag) Pohlen. Bryan was a proud Canby Lancer where he graduated in 1982. Bryan was raised on his parents’ farm near St. Leo, Minnesota and was the youngest of seven children. His siblings include Bill, Mary, Bob, Donna, Ben and Karen. Bryan entered the military at the young age of 19 and was stationed in both Germany and Texas. Upon the death of his father, Bryan returned home to be close to family and enrolled in the Diesel Mechanic course at Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute in Canby, MN, where he graduated in 1986. It was here that he met the love of his life, Carrie Pohlen (Dyer). They enjoyed 36 years together, where they brought three wonderful children into the world: Jacob, Cody, and Cassidy. Bryan was a faithful servant, devoted husband, supportive father and Big Papa to 7 (soon to be 8) grandchildren.

His military career started in October of 1981 attending basic training at Ft Jackson, SC and AIT in Ft Knox KY. He then continued on to 3 years of active duty in the army. His first active duty unit was the 3/35th Armor BN of the 1ST Armored Division in Bamberg, Germany. Soon after, he was transferred to 1/9 Cav 1st Calvary Division, Ft Hood, TX. He left active duty in October 1984 and joined the Minnesota NG’s 1/175th FA. In 1987 he married a South Dakota girl and transferred to the 109th Group in Rapid City. In 1989, he accepted employment as a military technician in Mitchell and transferred to Co C 153 En Bn in Parkston where he attended Annual Training events in Germany, Panama, and Jamaica. Bryan deployed to Iraq with the 153rd in 2004-2005 where he had the honor of being MTR SGT. After a year’s stint with Det 3 665th in Sioux Falls, he was selected in November of 2007 to be the very first 1SG of the newly formed 147th FSC. This type of unit never existed before and he helped establish the Forward Support Company using the new Army Modular Concept. He deployed once again, but this time with the 147th FA where he served as the Mayor Cell NCOIC at Kuwait Naval Base.

Bryan’s natural desire to care for others and innate ability to lead were his life’s purpose. He was the most loving, loyal, dedicated, well-spoken man you could have met. He touched many people's lives with his time in the Army National Guard, as a member and president of the Mount Vernon School Board, as a school bus driver, as a Youth Sponsor for nearly 25 years and as a Pastor at RiverTree Church. It was at church where his true nature, to intimately care and love people really shined. This is what “filled his bucket”. And he truly loved and cared deeply for everyone he knew.

He and Carrie recently began traveling with Vantage Point Solutions. They had a very special time being side by side for the past several months both working and touring in Michigan. They also were able to officiate several weddings including one in Zion National Park, which was truly one of his highest goals.

When Bryan wasn’t at work, he was on a date with his wife, working on remodeling another house, cheering on the Vikings, collecting Jeep and Grain Belt memorabilia, finding anything with a motor to restore, and his secret love, shopping for tires!

Bryan is survived by his wife, Carrie (Dyer) Pohlen of Mitchell, SD; sons, Jacob (Kaylee) Pohlen of Mitchell, SD and Cody (Brittney) Pohlen of Milbank, SD; daughter, Cassidy (Luke) Hof of Madison, SD; grandchildren: Ryen, Amelia, Cora, Remington, Harper, Makenna, Atticus, and a new grandbaby on the way; and his siblings, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Magnus, mother Agnes, his sister Mary, and his brother Ben.


Friday, November 24, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

RiverTree Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, November 25, 2023
10:30 AM
RiverTree Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Leah Buse (Rasmussen) on November 29, 2023
Always loved having Bryan help out with youth group when I was a teen. Appreciate the solid father and husband he was to his family. A shining example of Godliness and steadfastness. All my love to his family!
Posted by Lance and Deborah Dyer on November 24, 2023
To our family,
It is said that sadness is the price we pay for having loved someone and that sadness is how we honor him (or her). There’s no doubt that in the last few days, Bryan has been honored by many. It would be an impossible thing, to know Bryan and not be touched by his great big spirit and even bigger faith. To know Bryan, was to know his God-not because that was Bryan’s primary intention, but because, his love and passion for Jesus leaked out of him like a faucet. Bryan will be greatly missed, but he has returned home (his real home) and there is such strange incredible joy in knowing that. “This world is not my home. I’m only passing by. My treasure and my hope are all up in the sky. The angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore (an old Hymn).” I’ll be thinking of you, Bryan every time the words of that old familiar song play through my mind-see you on the other side. Love always.
Posted by Bob Polly on November 24, 2023
When ever I got to talk with Bryan which wasn't often enough I walked away feeling very blessed. He share stories with me a few times and his caring and loving nature always showed like a bright light. You will be missed and I hurt for you Carrie. God give you peace and comfort.
Posted by Carol Weiss on November 24, 2023
Carrie, my heart goes out to you and your family on the loss of Bryan. He will be truly missed by so many.
Posted by Terry & Sue Pohlen on November 24, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Cindy Hoffman on November 24, 2023
Carrie, lot's of hugs and prayers to You and your family, it was always such a joy to be around you both. Bryan will truly be very missed. He will continue his journey watching out for us all in Heaven. Love and Hugs to You all
Posted by Jack Earl on November 23, 2023
Carrie and family, my sympathy, we all will miss wonderful Bryan.
Posted by Peggy & John Rassel on November 23, 2023
I learned so much from Bryan, he was so easy to talk to. He was a Godly man. He will be so missed by so many. Prayers go out to the family
Posted by Colleen Helling on November 23, 2023
So sorry to hear of your family’s loss! Bryan will be missed by many he was a very kind mma !
Posted by Bonnie Eberhard Orr on November 23, 2023
I am so sorry for your loss, Carrie and family. Brian was so kind and caring an will be missed by all who knew him. May God be especially near you through this difficult time.
Posted by Troy & Karla Kokesh on November 23, 2023
We are sorry for your loss, Pastor Bryan was so kind and genuine. We looked forward to his visits on Sunday mornings, we will miss him so much but we’re so blessed to have had time to get to know him.Prayers
Posted by Marlene Warnke on November 23, 2023
Carrie and family, keeping you in my prayers.
Posted by Mike and Mavis Anderson on November 23, 2023
Our deepest sympathy Carrie 🙏
Posted by Marcia Herrgott on November 23, 2023
Oh Carrie my heart breaks with you and your family as your world has been turned upside down. May God comfort you as only He can. You and Bryan were such an important part of my grief journey. I will never forget your kindness. Love and hugs to you dear friend.
Posted by Morry & Theresa Long on November 23, 2023
Carrie and family, Theresa and I want to express our condolences to you all. Brian was an incredible guy who made such an impact into so many lives! We Loved how He Loves the Lord and shared that with Everyone he met. Please find peace in Jesus’ loving and merciful arms!
“It's not goodbye, It’s We’ll see ya later!”
RIP Brother!!
Posted by Chris & Kelly Hitzeman on November 22, 2023
Carrie, you and Bryan have been an amazing part of our RiverTree journey. Bryan seems gone form this world too soon but he has validated our hope in heaven. May the Lord bless you now with his peace and comfort for you and your family. Thank you Bryan & Carrie. God Bless!
Posted by Holly McCoy on November 22, 2023
Even though I didn't know him long, one thing sticks out in my mind about Bryan, he made me feel seen!

After my dad's sudden death, I brought my mom with me to church. Bryan noticed her right away, and came up to her to extend his condolences. He truly saw people and wanted them to know they are loved.

Rejoice knowing Bryan is with our precious Jesus. Prayers for the entire family. ♥️
Posted by Nikki & Dan Rodas on November 22, 2023
Carrie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You and Bryan inspired so many. Dan and I are thankful we had the two of you for our marriage mentors. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate through this difficult time.
Posted by Cindy Hockett-Sommervold on November 22, 2023
Bryan was a Wonderful, caring and loving man and servant. He always shared his large contagious Smile to all. He will be so greatly missed, and yet his impact on all the lives he touched will live on. My deepest Sympathy to Carrie, 3 children and grandchildren. Love and Prayers to you all.
Posted by Joshua Staub on November 22, 2023
Because of the love and kindness that Bryan was willing to share, his legacy will outlive anybody who is reading this.
Bryan is one of the first men who was able to teach me the practical application of forgiveness for myself. Always lifting Carrie up for the superhero teamate who made it happen.
We can never imagine your loss, only pray for peace and comfort in knowing he is with his beloved Jesus. The only one he loved more than Carrie, and probably the only other person willing to live with him in a camper.
Forever in our hearts and minds, and in heaven with his Father he will live forever!
Posted by Lasey Baldwin on November 22, 2023
Pastor Bryan earned a special place in my heart through many conversations and prayer! Prayers to the family on the unexpected loss of Bryan!
Posted by Carole nace on November 22, 2023
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Denny and Janice Welch on November 22, 2023
Carrie and Family, We are so sorry to hear that Bryan passed away, way too young. I had the privilege of hiring him as a mechanic for OMS # 5 many years ago. He was a good man and worker. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time. May he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on November 21, 2023
Bryan was so kind and genuine. He was always smiling and I enjoyed visiting with him after church. He will be missed by many. He made a difference in so many lives. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jerry Eaton on November 21, 2023
I am sorry for your loss. Bryan will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family. He was an excellent Soldier, Motor Sergeant, and mechanic.
Posted by Mike and Linda Rishling on November 21, 2023
Carrie and family. Thinking of you. Praying for pease and comfort during this difficult time.
Posted by Dean & Shanna Weiss on November 21, 2023
Carrie and family we are so sad to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was such a kind man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Laura Hoffman on November 21, 2023
So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to all.
Posted by Kelly Gross on November 21, 2023
I am still in shock. My thoughts and prayers have been with you since Sunday and will continue. I am so glad that I got to know him this past year and a half.
Posted by Gregg & Jody Brower on November 21, 2023
Carrie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Bryan was a great man and will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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