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Walter Ewald Wilhelm Ide

Funeral services for Walter Ewald Wilhelm Ide, 77, of rural Lester Prairie were conducted Sunday, June 24, from the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Gerald Schwanke officiating.

Walter died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 on the farm where he was born.

The organist was Mary Mielke. The church choir sang "Children of the Heavenly Father" and "Abide With Me." The congregational hymns were "How Great Thou Art," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "Nearer My God To Thee."

Pallbearers were Dale Bahr, Hillard Klaustermeier, Paul Klaustermeier, Dennis Dittmer, Gary Mueller and Warren Ruehling. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Walter was born Jan. 14, 1924, in Bergen Township of McLeod County to Herman and Lena (Stern) Ide. The Rev. Walter Baumhoefener baptized him on his day of birth at the family home. The Rev. J.A. Schert later confirmed him in the faith on April 10, 1938, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Mr. Ide attended country school and later parochial school.

On March 22, 1945, the Rev. John Bradtke united Walter in marriage with Ella Dittmer at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington. The couple made their home on the Ide family farm in Bergen Township, where they farmed.

Although they downsized their farm activities, they never truly retired from farming.

Walter had served as a supervisor for Bergen Township for many years. He has been a lifelong member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church, where he had served as a council member and choir member.

Walter enjoyed listening to oldtime music, attending the Hutchinson Sale Barn, and playing with his dogs. He truly enjoyed farming and raising animals.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Ide of Lester Prairie; children, Wallace Ide and wife, Susan, of Winsted, Sandra Otto of Glencoe, Douglas Ide of Darwin, Michael Ide of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Tammy Mathews and husband, Kevin, Todd Ide, Tricia Gueningsman and husband, Andrew, Teresa Otto, Brian Otto, Christine Stoltenow and husband, Mike, Andrew Ide, Nicholas Ide, Joshua Ide and Sarah Ide; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Rosella Bahr of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Albert and Anna Dittmer of Fairfax, Esther Mueller of Glencoe, Elmer and Elva Dittmer of Arlington, Verna Ruehling of Jordan, Harvey and Hattie Dittmer of Chaska; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant brothers; and sisters, Malinda Klaustermeier and Orvilla Luehrs.

Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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