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Herbert Joyce Achterkirch

Herbert Joyce Achterkirch, of Cokato, passes away Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at the Cokato Manor at the age of 84 years, four months, and 21 days.

Herbert was born Nov. 25, 1918, in Spencer Township of Aitkin County to August and Pearl (Mather) Achterkirch. He went to Spencer Township School, and then on to attend North Central Ag School in Grand Rapids, graduating in 1939.

Herbert married Ruth Christensen at her parents home Dec. 25, 1941, with the Rev. Earnest Leadbetter presididing. The couple made their first home in Pine City.

Herbert was a pioneer in the field of artificial bovine insemination. This was his career for 40 years.

Herbert served in the US Army during WWII from August of 1944 to May of 1946. He was Staff Sergeant in the infantry and served in the European Theater. When Herbert returned from the service, the couple lived in Floodwood, and in 1956, they settled to Cokato.

Herbert enjoyed fishing, gardening, and playing horseshoes. He was a member of the Cokato Horseshoe League, Cokato American Legion Post 209, and a member of the Walker United Methodist Church of Howard Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Lloyd, Earl, and Ralph; and sisters Verna Blomberg, Phyllis Dunlap, and Laura Boyer.

He is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Peter (Lauren) of Wadena, and Stephen of Glencoe; grandchildren Allison Achterkirch of Mankato and Lisa Uselman of St. Cloud and her three children Mikaela, Matthew, and Zachary; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. The Rev. Mark Winther will officiate the service.

Music will be provided by Diane Johnson and Harvey and Judy Blomberg.

Honorary casketbearers will be Stanley Dahlman, Dennis Johnson, Norman Stewart, Bill Fiedler, John Martinson, and Willard Weller.

Arrangements were made by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Howard Lake.

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