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Louis Reuben Jenneke

Louis Reuben Jenneke, age 84, of Waconia and formerly of Lester Prairie, passed away Aug. 11, 2001.

Louis was born July 3, 1917, in Lester Prairie. He was baptized July 29, 1917, by the Rev. Kolbe, and confirmed by the Rev. Spleiss May 17, 1931, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie.

After graduating from Lester Prairie High School in 1935, Louie attended Hamline University and played on its basketball team. He also played and managed the Lester Prairie town baseball team. He always loved all types of sports.

Louie owned and operated Jenneke Oil Co. and the Lester Prairie school buses for over 30 years.

He married Viola Bolsoe of Williston, N.D. in 1946, and had three children - Cheryl, John, and Keith, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Louie was a very active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the Lester Prairie Fire Department, and other community organizations.

When Louie and Vi retired in 1976, they moved to Lady Lake, Fla. in 1980, and spent eight months a year there for 15 winters.

They spent the summers at their cabin at Cross Lake, Minn. They moved to Westview Acres in Waconia in 1996.

Louie was preceded in death by his grandson, Kirk Bratsch; four siblings who died in childhood, Mabel, Ortwin, Arnold, and Harold; sisters, Gladys Schuette, Lorena Kolbe, and Ella Fasching; brother, Emmert Jenneke; brothers-in-law, Art Kolbe, Austin Maetzold, Alfons Fasching, and Francis Hainlin; and sister-in-law Elsie Jenneke.

Louie is survived, and will always be loved and remembered by, his wife, Viola; daughter, Cheryl (Keith) Bratsch of Bloomington; sons, John (Linda) Jenneke of Maple Grove and Keith (Gerie) Jenneke of Seminole, Fla.; grandchildren, Timothy (Tiffany) Jenneke, Jill Jenneke (fiance, Ben Pennings), Joel Bratsch (friend, Samantha Thompson), Paul Bratsch, Philip Bratsch, Gregory (Tammy) Montchal, and Raymond (Kim) Montchal; and four great-grandchildren.

Other survivors are sisters, Aurelia Hainlin of St. Cloud and Lucille Maetzold of Mayer; brother, Wilmer Jenneke of Montevideo; sister-in-law, Lois Jenneke of Lester Prairie; and brother-in-law, James Schuette of Farmington.

Funeral services for Louis Jenneke were conducted Tuesday Aug. 14, 2001, 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Officiating was the Rev. Grant Bode.

The organist was Marsha Christensen. The soloist was Chuck Thiel who sang "One Day At A Time," and the congregational hymns were "On Eagle's Wings" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

The casket bearers were Timothy Jenneke, Joel Bratsch, Paul Bratsch, Philip Bratsch, Ralph Machemehl, and Brian Schuette.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Monday evening, Aug. 13, 2001 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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

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