Leslie Leroy Fruetel, age 86, of Alamo, Texas, formerly of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at the Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas.
He was born Sept. 10, 1921, in Lester Prairie, the son of Edward and Stella (Packer) Fruetel. Leslie was baptized Nov. 6, 1921, by the Rev. H.B. Witzke at the Evangelical Church in Lester Prairie; and was later confirmed in his faith at the same church May 5, 1935, by the Rev. E. J. Becker.
Leslie was united in marriage with Helen Vollmer Feb. 8, 1942, at the Frieden’s County Line United Church Of Christ by the Rev. Nussmann.
Leslie was employed by Oak Grove Dairy in Norwood Young America.
He was an active member of his church, where he was a past council member. He had also had membership in the Chances R. Saddle Club, the Late Risers RV Club, and the AFL CIO for 32 years.
Leslie enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, traveling, playing the harmonica, whistling, square dancing, and ballroom dancing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild; and brothers Elmer, Howard, Virgil, Gilbert, and Pat.
Leslie is survived by his wife, Helen Fruetel, of Alamo, Texas; children Joyce Bachelor of Alamo, Texas, Barbara Monroe (husband Eugene) of Jacksonville, Ore., Margaret Fruetel (special friend Mark Harris) of Andover, and Larry Fruetel (wife Vicki) of New Prague; grandchildren Michelle Bachelor, Richard Bachelor (wife Tamy), Daniel Bachelor, Pati Fairchild (husband Theron), Mathew Monroe, and Angela Clement; and four great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by sisters and brothers, Mildred Feltmann of Norwood Young America, Wilfred Fruetel (wife Phyllis) of St. Louis Park, Marcella Fruetel of Glencoe, Leonard Fruetel (wife Sonja) of Cosmos, and Ralph Fruetel (wife Elaine) of Colorado; sisters-in-law, Elaine Fruetel of Lester Prairie, Vera Fruetel of Lester Prairie, Viola and Hillard Mehlhop of Green Isle, and Lorraine Reha of Dodge Center; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Frieden’s County Line United Church Of Christ of rural Norwood Young America with the Rev. Joseph Clay officiating. The organist was Carol Heuer. Music selections were “How Great Thou Art,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “On Eagle’s Wings.” Larry Fruetel sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Serving as casket bearers were Dennis Feltmann, Charles Wilkins, Kenneth Polifka, Richard Fruetel, John Fruetel, and Gerald Vollmer.
Visitation took place Saturday evening, Nov. 17 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Norwood Young America.