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Harvey F. Beneke, 73

Harvey Fred Beneke, age 73, of Waconia, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Victoria.

He was born May 24, 1936, in Young America, the son of Rufus J. and Florence F. (Schrupp) Beneke. Harvey was baptized May 31, 1936, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America by Rev. Kramer, and confirmed by the same April 2, 1950.

Harvey was a graduate of Waconia High School class of 1954.

After graduation, Harvey was in the active Air Force from November of 1954 to May of 1957, and continued to serve in the inactive Air Force until November of 1962.

Harvey was united in marriage to Marlene C. Krecklau Oct. 6, 1956, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Helen Township, by Rev. Plocher.

A very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, Harvey served as treasurer at Trinity Lutheran Church for 39 years, and was still the treasurer at the time of his death. He also served on the Trinity School Board for four years, was a member of the Men’s Club dartball team, served on the Trinity School Board Committee in 1973, and mowed grass for a few years at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, and several years at the fairgrounds. He also pitched fast pitch for the church league; and was assistant janitor at Trinity for five years.

Harvey was very supportive of Christian education, and supported Mayer Lutheran High School from the beginning. He enjoyed their football, basketball, and volleyball games. Harvey was currently the Carver County Thrivent director, serving almost two years in that position.

Harvey was employed at Waconia Ford Motor Company for 55 and one-half years and retired in May of 2002. He was a member of ADPA and FLAMPS for 50 years while employed at Ford Motor Co.

Harvey enjoyed playing cards and was very competitive at it. He took great pride in taking care of his yard and tractor plowing work.

He also enjoyed ice fishing, trips to Alaska, and traveling, especially to Europe. Harvey cherished his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren, especially in their sporting events.

He also managed and drove bus for the swimming program at Camp Manakiki for several years.

Harvey was preceded in death by his father and mother, Rufus and Florence Beneke; brother-in-law Wilbert Bartels; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Mildred Krecklau.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Marlene; daughters and sons-in-law Brenda and Marvin Hayes of Chaska, Pam and Steve Gerber of Delano, Debra and Steve Rand of Buffalo, and Sheila and David Hamilton of Hanover; and grandchildren Justin Hayes, Kelsey and Jordan Anderson, Nicole Presler, Megan Presler, Rachel Rand, Sara Rand, Jake Rand, Alyssa Hamilton, and Samantha Hamilton.

Harvey is further survived by a sister, Sylvia Bartels of Norwood Young America; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Hillard and Sharon Krecklau of Carver, and Deanna and Paul Curtis of Savage; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Phil Wagner officiating. Interment was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.

Visitation took place Monday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Tuesday at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Casket bearers were Harvey’s grandchildren, and nephews Mark Bartels and Morris Bartels.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.