Louis William Machemehl

Louis William Machemehl, of rural Lester Prairie, died Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 1999, at his residence at the age of 72 years, four months, and seven days.

He was born Aug. 3, 1926 in Winsted Township, McLeod County, the son of Conrad and Elsie Tonn Machemehl.

Louis was born again to be God's own child by the "washing of water in the Word" when he was baptized by Pastor Schert on Aug. 22, 1926. He was also instructed in the Lutheran catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith by Pastor Schert at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie on March 17, 1940. Louis was given Psalm 1:1 as his confirmation verse.

Louis started school in rural District 10 and later attended St. Peter Parochial School and Lester Prairie High School.

On Sept. 30, 1948, Louis was joined in holy marriage to Marvanna Stender at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, Carver County. Their marriage was blessed with six children.

Following their marriage, Louis and Marvanna resided on the Machemehl family's homestead for the first year. They eventually moved to their current farm just east of the homestead and have resided there for the past 49 years. By the grace of God, Louis and Marvanna together with their family and friends, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past September.

Louis engaged in farming for many years. He also had worked at the Green Giant plant in Winsted, drove truck for several area truckers, and retired from Natro Gas Company after 24 years of service.

Following his retirement, Louis remained active and worked at Boger's True Value Hardware in Winsted, Glencoe Butter and Produce in Lester Prairie, and Pauly's Plumbing and Heating in Winsted.

Louis was a lifelong and active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Through the years, he faithfully served his church for 12 years as an elder, as a congregational secretary, former Sunday school superintendent, long-time choir member, former president of the Walther League, past president and secretary of the Men's Club, past president of the LLL Zone, a former captain of St. Peter's dartball team, a former manager of St. Peter's softball team, and a member of the church bowling team.

He was also very active in community activities including serving on Lester Prairie's Longhorn Days Committee and belonging to the Lester Prairie Jaycees.

Louis loved spending time with his grandchildren, dancing, fishing, traveling, and talking with his many friends and family members.

He is survived by his wife Marvanna; sons: Joel (Cindy) Machemehl of Lester Prairie, Jeff (Linda) Machemehl of St. Bonifacius, Jim (Kelly) Machemehl of Victoria, and Jonn (Annette) Machemehl of St. Bonifacius; daughters: Jayne Machemehl of Hutchinson and Julie (Doug) Hafemann of New Germany; and grandchildren: Jason, Laura, Lacey, Connor and Brittany Machemehl; Reid and Kimberly Hafemann.

Louis is further survived by sisters and brothers: Irma (Bill) Smith of Plymouth, Earl (Betty) Machemehl, Shirley (Wally) Dibb, Ralph (Donna) Machemehl, all of Lester Prairie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Norman (Della Van) Stender of Lester Prairie and Ronald (Marlys) Stender of Winsted; stepbrothers; nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Elsie Machemehl; a grandson, Baby Hafemann; and by a brother-in-law, Arden Gutzmann.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 11, 1999 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Revs. Gerald A. Schwanke, Jeff Harter, and John Zahrte officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery in Bergen Township.

Jason Machemehl was the cross bearer; Mary Mielke the organist; and Jan Friedrich was the pianist for the funeral service.

Fred Limmel sang "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "I Love You Lord," and "If You Could See Me Now."

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Be Still, My Soul," "I'm But A Stranger Here," and "How Great Thou Art" were sung as congregational hymns.

Casket bearers were Randy Rehmann, Ruben Kruschke, Roland Rolf, Curtis Marks, Roland Rehmann, and Elmer Weinmann.

Friends called at the church on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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