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Earl Harold Graupman

A memorial service for Earl Harold Graupman, 77, of Babbitt, took place Tuesday, Nov. 29, from the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Babbitt. The Rev. John C. Bonk officiated.

Earl died at his home Friday, Nov. 25, 2005.

He was born Feb. 21, 1928, to Harold and Hilda (Templin) Graupmann in Plato. Earl was baptized March 11, 1928, and confirmed March 29, 1942, at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of Plato.

He served in the Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1948.

Earl married Darlene Stuedemann Oct. 28, 1950, and they moved to Babbitt in 1956.

Earl started working at Reserve Mining as a welder. He also worked at Generation II until he retired.

He enjoyed spending winters in Florida.

A member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Earl served as a trustee and financial secretary. He also served on the Babbitt City Council and served as acting mayor in 1960.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Babbitt, and was an avid sportsman.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Graupman of Babbitt; two daughters, Sandra (Kevin) Gibson of Embarrass, and Shelly (Bryan) Zillmer of Jordan; a son, Steven (Linda) Graupman of Cottage Grove; and 10 grandchildren, Julie (Daniel) Viren of Grand Marais, Scott (Lisa) Gibson of Embarrass, Travis Gibson of Detroit Lakes, Ross (Dawn) Graupman of Eagan, Neil (Kristina) Graupman of Duluth, Amy (Matthew) Eldridge of Inver Grove Heights, Anthony Zillmer of Prior Lake, Teri Zillmer of Burnsville, Tyler Zillmer and Tracy Zillmer of Jordan; and eight great-grandchildren, Jack, Kevin, and Kylie Viren; Matthew, Jacob and Morgan Gibson; Trent Graupman, and Abigail Graupman.

He is further survived by two brothers, Orlin Graupmann and Elmer (Beverly) Graupmann, both of Plato; three sisters, Norma Bandemer of Glencoe, Ruth (Duane) Miller of Rochester, and Sharon (Gene) Mackenthun of Plato; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sister-in-law Ella Graupmann; and brother-in-law Hillard Bandemer.

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