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Raymond Peter Tersteeg Sr.

Raymond Peter Tersteeg Sr., age 83, of Hutchinson Township, McLeod County, died Monday, July 17, 2006, at his home in Hutchinson Township.

He was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Waukon Township, Norman County, Minn., the son of Albert and Theresa (Neubauer) Tersteeg. Raymond was baptized as an infant Nov. 12, 1922, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth, Oct. 22, 1936, in Bird Island. He received his education in Bird Island.

Raymond entered active military service in the US Army April 19, 1946, and served his county in Japan. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Raymond received an honorable discharge Oct. 1, 1947.

Raymond was united in marriage to Lorraine (Kuppe) Ross April 8, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hopkins. Raymond and Lorraine resided in Hopkins, Eden Prairie, New Germany, Eagle Bend, St. Michael, Dassel, and Cosmos, before moving to Hutchinson Township, McLeod County, in 2001. They shared 47 years of marriage.

In earlier years, Raymond farmed in rural Eden Prairie, New Germany, and Eagle Bend. He was an entrepreneur, who owned and operated many businesses throughout the years, including a bar/café in Stillwater, the Eagle Bend Lanes, the Highway Café, and R& L Gardens in Eagle Bend, and the Dutchman’s Coral in Cosmos. He also held employment at the Hopkins lumberyard and worked as manager of the Eagle Bend Vets Club, and Jubilee Foods in St. Michael.

Raymond was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin. He was also one of the original volunteer firefighters in Eden Prairie.

Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, flowers, and gardening. He loved farming and continued to help on his son’s hobby farm after his retirement. Raymond especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Tersteeg of Hutchinson Township; and children Michael Ross and wife Patti, Kathy Guibert and husband Christian, all of Hudson, Wis., Pat Kramer and husband Gene of Rogers, Karen Mortrud and husband Lee of Austin, Texas, Andy Ross and wife Holly of Hutchinson, Bill Ross and wife Sue of Cottage Grove, Raymond Tersteeg II and wife Rita of Hutchinson, John Tersteeg and wife Roxanne of Anoka, George Tersteeg and wife Debbie of Nelson, Minn., and Bradley Tersteeg and wife Julie of South Range, Wis.

Raymond is further survived by 36 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings Cecelia Hassel of Seattle, Wash., Berdelia McGaffey and husband, Joe of Buffalo, Harold Tersteeg of Olivia, and Amelia Empe of Ogden, Utah; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Theresa Tersteeg; and brother William Tersteeg.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, with the Rev. Paul Schumacher officiating. Organist was Terri Orzolek, and song leader was Sarah Cady. Musical selections included “All That Is Hidden,” O’ Breathe On Me, Oh God,” “Precious Lord,” “Song Of Farewell,” and “Amazing Grace.” Interment was in the church cemetery with military honors by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

Casket bearers were Michael Ross, Andrew Ross, William Ross, Raymond Tersteeg II, John Tersteeg, George Tersteeg, and Brad Tersteeg

Arrangements were by the e Chapel in Hutchinson.

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