Ardell Ralph Barlau, age 81, of Mayer, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.
He was born March 22, 1928, in Mayer, the son of Arthur F. and Ella L. (Burau) Barlau. Ardell was baptized April 22, 1928, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. R.W. Erthal, and confirmed at the same church March 29, 1942, by the Rev. E. Schwandt.
Ardell was united in marriage to Harriet Gustafson-Norman Aug. 14, 1971, at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka by Rev. Hyllendgren.
A loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa, Ardell loved his farm, traveling, and giving his grandchildren a ride on his tractors. He also loved his church, his community, and his country.
Ardell served in Korea from January 1951 to October 1952, attaining the rank of corporal. After his military service, he returned to his homestead to farm for the next 50 years. Ardell felt privileged and proud to say he was a farmer.
He served nine years as an elder of Zion, and nine years as the treasurer of Camden Township.
Ardell and Harriet delivered “Meals on Wheels” to shut-ins for six years.
Ardell was also active in the New Germany-Mayer American Legion and VFW, and served as a recruiter in the Boys State program of the American Legion for many years.
He was a very honest, hardworking man, and treated all he met with courtesy and respect. Ardell’s favorite hobbies were fishing with family and friends and listening to old tyme music (especially Polka Joe on RFD).
Ardell taught himself to play the concertina, and he was always happy when the children came from the city to the farm for a visit.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Arthur and Ella Barlau; sister Joanne Schmidt; and Wendy and Bill.
Ardell is survived by his loving family; wife Harriet; son Jeffrey (Julie) Mund of Brooklyn Park, Merrie Hagen of Maple Grove, and Nancy Aspelund of St. James; daughter-in-law Caroline Mund of Maple Grove; grandchildren Dustin Hafner, Stephanie and Levi Fry, Jason Mund, Michelle Banbury, Heather Mund, Alissa and Nathan Kindom, Ashley and Joel Callison, Jacob Mund, Ryan Aspelund, Terri Aspelund, and Leigh Aspelund; great-grandchildren Mackenzie, James, Braydon, Cole, Aaden, and Sophia; sister and brothers-in-law Glennys and Dale Hilk of Waconia, and Dale Schmidt of Waconia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Peggy and Stanley Parker of Michigan; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with visitation for two hours prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Lucas Woodford officiated, and interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Dustin Hafner, Thomas Hilk, Michael Schmidt, Jason Mund, Jacob Mund, and Brad Quaas.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia. Online condolences to the family are available at www.johnsonfh.com.