Louis H. McCalla, age 88 of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, April 28, 1999, at the Meeker County Memorial Hospital, Litchfield, Minn.
Louis Henry McCalla was born Nov. 18, 1910, at home on the family farm in Middleville Township, Howard Lake, to Edar and Ada Burns McCalla. He attended Howard Lake Public School and then, Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
On March 26, 1932, Louis married Martha Julia Lehtola. This union was blessed with five children: Patricia, Joan, Ada, Kay, and David.
Louis worked for the Green Giant Company for 25 years. His grandchildren believed him to be the "Green Giant," as he always wore green work clothes. He loved gardening, bird watching, woodworking and repairing all sorts of things. He could fix anything.
In December of 1997, Louis moved to the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Home. He endeared himself to staff and residents alike with his wonderful sense of humor and friendliness.
Louis will be sorely missed by his family, his five children: Patricia (Verne) Andrews of Land O'Lakes, Wis.; Joan (Linus) Goerke of Glencoe; Ada Schauer of Hutchinson; Kay (Elvira) McCalla of Howard Lake; and David (Donna) McCalla of Galveston, Tex.
He is further survived by 16 grandchildren: Miles ( Jenny) Andrews and daughter, Elizabeth, of Littleton, Co.; Julie (Norm) Andrews Wegner and children, Micah and Matthew, of Rhinelander, Wis.; Constance (Randy) Lahr Goerke and children, Derek and Heidi of Maple Grove; Alan (Ursulla) Lahr and children, Jesse and Jackie; Carol (Paul) Lahr Sweeney and children, Shane and Laura; Scott Luhman of Walnut Creek, Calif.; Tim (Joleen) Luhman and children, Tyler and Haley of Farmington; Don (Karla) Luhman and children, Courtney and Jordan, of Hutchinson; Brenda (Tim) Luhman Zackrison and children, Molly and Cora; Leah (Steve) McCalla Walberg of Osakis; Bethany McCalla of Howard Lake; Jacob McCalla of Minneapolis; Angela (McCalla) Braatz and children, Courtney, Jasmine, Jaybin and Samaya of Dassel; Sunnie McCalla of Howard Lake; Christopher McCalla of Houston, Texas; and Adam McCalla (Jamie) of Houstin, Texas.
Preceding Louis in death were his wife Martha; his parents; a brother, Orrin; a sister, Esther; seven brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; one grandson, Ethan Andrews; and one great-grandchild, Lindsey Luhman.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 1, 1999, 3 p.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato, with the Rev. John A. Peterson officiating. Music was provided by Karen Anderson, Janet McCalla, and Jewell Malerich. Interment was in the Howard Lake City Cemetery.
Active casket bearers were Miles Andrews, Danny Luhman, Jacob McCalla, Randy Goerke, Scott Luhman, Adam McCalla, Christopher McCalla, Alan Lahr, Tim Luhman, and Norman Wegner.
Honorary casket bearers were Julie (Andrews) Wegner, Brenda (Luhman) Zackrison, Leah (McCalla) Walberg, Angela (McCalla) Braatz, Connie Goerke (Lahr), Carrie Sweeney (Lahr), Bethany McCalla, Sunnie Grace McCalla.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato and Howard Lake.
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