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Walter F. Ehrke, 83

Walter F. Ehrke, age 83, of Silver Lake, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Hutchinson Area Health Care.

Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie with Pastor Bill Baldwin officiating. Special music will be provided by Jim Wendolek and Marie Eischens. Interment will follow at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

Casket bearers were Russell Trnka, Al Wuollett, William Kisner, Doug Ehrke, Louie Graupmann, and Jerome Ehlers.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.

Walter was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Lester Prairie, the son of Fred and Ida Fruetel Ehrke. He was baptized at the Evangelical & Reformed Church of Lester Prairie, and confirmed in the Christian faith March 17, 1940, by Pastor L. Seybold.

Walter was joined in holy marriage to Dallas L. Quast Oct. 25, 1947, at the parsonage of the Evangelical & Reformed Church of Lester Prairie by Pastor W. Fischer. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.

Walter was formerly employed in tiling with Radtke Excavating. He also engaged in dairy farming, beginning in 1949, near Lester Prairie.

Walter and Dallas moved to Silver Lake in 2004. Walter became a resident of Cedar Crest due to poor health in February of this year.

He enjoyed telling jokes, polka dancing, and listening to old tyme music.

Walter was a faithful, lifelong member of Prairie Community Church, UCC in Lester Prairie.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dallas L. Ehrke; daughters Brenda (Russell) Trnka of Silver Lake, and Bonnie Kamps of Escondido, CA; two granddaughters, Carrie (Al) Wuollett of Moorhead, and Jamie (William) Kisner of Kelliher, MN; and four great-grandchildren, Dalton Kisner, Madelyn Kisner, Samantha Kisner, and Grace Wuollett.

Walter is further survived by two brothers, Earl Ehrke of Glencoe, and Clarence (Ramona) Ehrke of Lester Prairie; a sister, Doris (Orville) Gatz of Minnetonka; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Lorraine (Elton) Bandemer of Plato, Jean Quast of Arizona and Betty Quast of Hutchinson; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ida Ehrke; a sister, Edna Fenske; a sister-in-law, Gladys Ehrke; and by a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.