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Marvin H. Kruschke

Marvin H. Kruschke, age 82, of Lester Prairie, died Sunday, April 22, 2007 at the Glencoe Area Long Term Health Care Center.

He was born Jan. 28, 1925 in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of August and Lillie (Moenke) Kruschke. Marvin was baptized at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bergen Township. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Marvin attended school thru the eighth grade and was also fluent in German.

He honorably served his country in the US Army during World War II as a 1st class infantryman, receiving an honorable discharge.

Marvin was joined in holy marriage to Lydia Wuetherich Nov. 16, 1950. God blessed their marriage with three children.

Marvin was formerly employed at Conrad Machemehl’s farm, for Albert Birkholz hauling canned milk, at the Lester Prairie Cement Factory, and by McLeod County Highway Maintenance Department for more than 30 years. Following his retirement, from McLeod County, Marvin worked at Roger’s Jack and Jill in Lester Prairie.

During his lifetime, Marvin lived in Bergen Township, Howard Lake, Lester Prairie, and Orchard Estates in Glencoe, and had been a resident of Glencoe Long Term Care since January 2005.

He was a former Boy Scout leader of the Lester Prairie troop and was a member of Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.

After his retirement, Marvin and Lydia traveled to several states, including Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Iowa, as well as traveling in northern Minnesota.

Marvin enjoyed his family, his grandchildren, his great-granddaughter, and dining out. His favorite saying was “I’ll have the same thing” when he ordered at a restaurant.

He loved nature, watching birds, yard work, and working in his garden. Marvin enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and listening to old time music.

Marvin was a hard-working and dedicated person. He showed and taught his family and others what it meant to love unconditionally. He was a meek, mild person, had a heart of gold, a kind, gentle spirit, and he lived and showed his faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On any given day, you would see him giving thanks for the day and reading his Bible.

A faithful member of the Prairie Community Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie, Marvin was a former choir member, Sunday school teacher, church council member, church custodian, and couples club member, and he played Santa Claus for many years at the Sunday school Christmas party.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lydia, of Glencoe Long Term Care in Glencoe; son Eugene “Gene” Rennells of Minneapolis; twin daughters, Rosalie “Lee” (Bernie) Bullert of Cottage Grove, and Rosalind “Lin” (Rev. Ronald) Ziemer of Danville, Ill.; grandsons Brent Bullert of San Diego, Calif., Kurt Bullert (friend Lisa McEnery) of Oakdale, and Chad (Dawn) Ziemer of Coon Rapids; granddaughter Dana (Lonnie) Haas of Bend, Ore.; and great-granddaughter Tahlia Haas of Bend, Ore.

He is further survived by a sister, Arlaine (Loren) Schiebe of Rockford; step sisters Vera Fruetel of Lester Prairie, Dorothy (Edwin) LaMott of Silver Lake, and Lily Damman of Lester Prairie; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Dorothy Wuetherich of Lester Prairie, Ethel Kruschke of Buffalo, Germaine Kruschke Beaudry of Albertville, and Orlin Graupmann of Plato; other relatives and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by granddaughters Faith and Paige Ziemer; his parents, August and Lillie (Moenke) Kruschke, stepmother Augusta Kruschke; three brothers, Willard, Irvin, and Gilbert Kruschke; a nephew, Earl Kruschke, stepsister Ella Graupmann, and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Fred and Stella Templin, Helmuth and Alvina Fenske, Harold and Gladys Wuetherich, Melvin and Dorothy Kroells, Fredric Wuetherich, Virgil Fruetel, Willmar Damman, and Alvin Beaudry.

Funeral services took place Sunday, April 29 at 3p.m. at the Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie with the Revs. William Baldwin and Ronald Ziemer officiating. Pianist was Chad Ziemer. A vocal quartet of Dana Haas, Chad Ziemer, Dawn Ziemer. and Rev. Ziemer sang “On the Wings of a Snow White Dove” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” Congregational hymns were “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Earl Ehrke and Rev. William Baldwin played “Just As I Am” and “Church in the Wildwood” on their harmonica and guitar. Interment with military rites followed at Lester Prairie Public Cemetery.

Friends called at the church Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., prior to the funeral service.

Honorary casket bearers were Brent Bullert, Daryl Kroells, Duane Kruschke, Roger Kruschke, Kenneth Templin, and Guy Wuetherich.

Casket bearers were Kurt Bullert, Lonnie Haas, Alan Schiebe, Arthur Templin, Wayne Templin, Brian Wuetherich, and Kerry Wuetherich.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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