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Calvin H. “Kelly” Deidrick

Calvin H. “Kelly” Deidrick, age 84, of Oster, rural Waverly, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Victor Township, Wright County, the son of Herman and Sophia “Lena” Loebertmann Deidrick.

Calvin graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1943, and later attended agriculture training school.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II. Calvin was a Purple Heart recipient, and a former POW taken at The Battle of the Bulge.

Calvin was joined in holy marriage to Ruth M. Strandquist Nov. 28, 1946, at the Oster Covenant Church in rural Waverly. God blessed their marriage with two children.

Calvin and Ruth engaged in dairy farming in Woodland Township, Wright County for many years. He bred and showed Calrick registered Holsteins. Kelly often showed his dairy cattle at the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake, and also had the privilege of showing Calrick Holsteins at The National Dairy Cattle Congress in Waterloo, IA, and at The World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

Kelly enjoyed fishing, having fished a lot of the area lakes; hunting, traveling, and family vacations up north.

Calvin loved his family! He was known for his good sense of humor.

A faithful member of the Oster Covenant Church, Calvin served his church, having held several positions through the years. He formerly was on the Lake Ida School Board District 2681, represented Woodland Township on the Winsted Fire Board, was a longtime 4-H leader, and belonged to American Legion Post 407 in Winsted.

Calvin is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ruth M. Deidrick; children, James Calvin (Kathleen) Deidrick of Waverly, and Cynthia Ruth (Alan) Johnson of Plymouth; grandchildren, Matthew (Sonya) Deidrick, Sarah (Jackson) Motzko, Samuel Johnson, and Rachel Johnson; a sister, Mildred Bisping of Winsted; a sister-in-law, Rufina Deidrick of Winsted; brothers-in-law: Wallace Strandquist and Willard Strandquist, both of Oster; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Sophia “Lena” Deidrick; two brothers, Royland and Ervin Deidrick; two sisters, Evelyn Habisch and Margaret “Margie” Deidrick; father-in-law and mother-in-law David and Esther Strandquist; sisters-in-law Audrey Strandquist and Novia Strandquist; brothers-in-law Leonard Bisping and Henry Habisch Sr.; and sister-in-law Ann Deidrick.

Funeral services were Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oster Covenant Church in rural Waverly with Pastors Paul Kling and Robert Ramphal officiating. Pianist was Judy Plucker, and vocalists were Kathleen Deidrick, Alan Johnson, Merijo Strandquist, and Joelle Strandquist. Congregational hymns were “All The Way My Savior Leads Me” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Interment with military honors followed at the Oster Covenant Cemetery.

Visitation was Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Loree Dobratz was the organist for the prayer service.

Casket bearers were Gary Deidrick, Alan Deidrick, Gerry Bisping, Kenneth Habisch, Henry Habisch Jr., and Stephen Strandquist.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.