Fritze "Fred" Carl Gustav Wurdell

Fritze "Fred" Carl Gustav Wurdell, age 87 of Howard Lake and Hutchinson, died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, with the Rev. Jonathan Rathjen officiating. The organist was Paul Otte. Rev. Rathjen sang "In The Hour of Trial." Congregational hymns were "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," "How Great Thou Art," and "Onward Christian Soliders."

Casket bearers were Jeff Borchardt, John Borchardt, Julie Jaffe, Mark Karels, Scott Karels, Greg Wurdell, Grant Wurdell, and Gus Wurdell.

Fred was born Jan. 10, 1913, in Cedar Mills Township, Meeker County, Minn., the son of Frank and Wilhelmena (Luthens) Wurdell. He was baptized Feb. 10, 1913, at his parent's home.

He began school in Cedar Mills and then, continued elementary school in Hutchinson, when his family moved and operated the Hutchinson Produce.

Fred attended Friedens Church, Hutchinson, and was confirmed in the first class of the new Peace Lutheran Church March 28, 1926.

A star athlete in high school, Fred was proud of being captain of the basketball team. He also excelled in football and track.

After graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1931, Fred attended business school in Minneapolis during the Depression. He later attended and graduated from Minneapolis Barber School.

Fred worked as a barber in Elgin, Minn., for a short time, where he met and married Evlyn Martin in 1935.

He then barbered briefly at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, and at a shop in Hutchinson, before owning and operating a bar in St. Paul.

In 1939, Fred moved to the New Germany area and built and operated the Hollywood Station for 42 years.

"Freddie and Evy" were known for their good hot dogs. It wasn't unusual to wait briefly for service while Fred listened with his "good ear" to the radio and watched a game on the TV at the same time, so he could get the latest scores.

Fred and Evlyn made the news when they were kidnapped by a bank robber and forced to drive to southern Iowa at gunpoint in 1966.

After moving back to Hutchinson, Fred and Evlyn were active in the senior dining program and sang with the Senior Serenaders. Fred and Evlyn celebrated 56 years of marriage, before Evlyn passed away in 1992.

Fred enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards, cribbage, talking about his high school sports career, and in later years, relaxing at his cabin at Brown's Lake. He was one of the original residents of Prince of Peace Retirement Living, until he moved to Cedar Crest Board and Lodging in 1996, and then, in September 1999, to Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

Fred is survived by his daughters: Dianne Borchardt and husband, Walter, of Minnetonka; Kathleen Walsh and husband, Wiliam, of Maple Grove; and Gail Wurdell of St. Louis Park; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wurdell of Hutchinson; grandchildren: Jeff Borchardt, John Borchardt, Julie Jaffe and husband, Scott; Mark Karels, Scott Karels and wife, Joni; Greg Wurdell and wife, Jill; Grant Wurdell and wife, Jenn; and Gus Wurdell; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Samantha Jaffe, Dani Karels, and Ben and Gabe Wurdell.

He is further survived by a sister, Doris Daggett of Hutchinson; sisters-in-law, Lucy Martin and Virginia Martin of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Wilhelmina Wurdell; wife, Evlyn; and son Gary Wurdell in April, 2000.

The Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel, Hutchinson, handled the arrangements.

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