Funeral services for Bruce Paehlke, age 34 of Lester Prairie, were Friday, July 16, 1999, 2 p.m., at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with the Rev. Grant T. Bode officiating.
The organist was Jane Holasek. Congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "When My Last Hour is Close At Hand," "In Peace and Joy I Now Depart" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."
Casket bearers were Virgil Gehrke, John Mueller, Bryan Reiner, Jody Burmeister, Mike Miller and Wesley Holtz. Interment was in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Lester Prairie.
Visitation was Thursday, July 15, at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.
Bruce Allen Paehlke was born Dec. 7, 1964, in Glencoe, Minn., the son of Gerald W. and June L. (Holtz) Paehlke. He was baptized Dec. 27, 1964, at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Fernando, rural Stewart, Minn. Bruce was confirmed May 4, 1980, at the American Lutheran Church in Gaylord.
Bruce graduated from the Gaylord High School in 1983. He attended Hutchinson Area Vocational Technical Institute for one year studying accounting. Bruce lived in Hutchinson and later, in Duluth for two years.
On Nov. 7, 1992, Bruce was united in marriage to Kristina Sue Haapala at the American Lutheran Church in Gaylord. The couple made their home in Lester Prairie for the past three years.
Bruce was a member of the Luther League for three years. He loved to go fishing, and also enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, hunting with his friends, watching wrestling on TV, playing cards, and camping with his family.
Bruce was a member of a pool league for a number of years. He enjoyed watching sports, and watching the Minnesota Vikings was an all-time must.
On Monday, July 12, 1999, Bruce entered eternal rest at the age of 34 years, seven months, and five days. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Martha Paehlke.
Bruce is survived by his wife Kris of Lester Prairie; children: Travis, Ashley, and Kelsie Paehlke, all of Lester Prairie; parents, Gerald and June Paehlke of Hutchinson; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Loretta Holtz of Stewart; sister, Denise Litzau (husband, Darin) of Lester Prairie; brother, Chad Paehlke (wife, Angela) of Hutchinson; as well as many other relatives and friends.
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