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Elvin “Swanee” Kottke

Memorial services for Elvin “Swanee” Kottke, age 83 of Glencoe, were Monday, Jan. 17 from the Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Elvin died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 at the long-term care unit of Glencoe Regional Health Services.

Elvin, better known as “Swanee,” graduated from Glencoe High School in 1939. In high school, he was an outstanding athlete in three sports. After high school, he attended Hamline University.

He enlisted and served four years in the Navy in World War II, achieving the rank of First Class Petty Officer, Aviation Machinist Mate. He served two of these years on the island of Tarawa.

Elvin married Esther Steinhilber of Renville June 3, 1945.

When he returned to Glencoe, he began his 35-year career as a successful mink rancher.

Ervin loved to bowl, dance, fish, and go boating. He also loved to have the newest electronic gadgets, particularly if it played music or could be watched. He shared his loves with his son and grandsons, who will forever remember him when they are on the water or listening to “big band” music.

Ervin was a member of the VFW, a founding member of Christ Lutheran Church, and served on the Glencoe Hospital Board during the 1960s.

He is survived by his only child, Gale (Juliana) Kottke of Minnetonka; grandsons Jens (Laura) Kottke of Florida, and Nelson Kottke of California; a brother, Milton Kottke; a sister, Gladys Samuelson; special friend Lorna Kocourek; and many nieces and nephews.

Elvin was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Elmer Kottke; sisters Elda, Esther, Eleanor, Elsie, Lila, Gertrude, and Loretta; and his wife, Esther.

The Rev. Bradley Thom officiated at the funeral service. The organist was Twyla Kirkeby, and soloist Marcia Miller sang “Borning Cry,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns included “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Eternal Father, Strong To Save.”

Honorary pallbearers were Milton Kottke, Howard Libra, Reuben Ernst, Reuben Kruschke, Orville Gehlen, and James Schwarze. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery with full military honors provided by VFW Post 5102.

The Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe handled the arrangements.

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