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Earl W. Kennard, 75

Earl Wayne Kennard, age 75, of Isle, MN, formerly of Howard Lake, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, with his family by his side.

He was born Jan. 21, 1935, in Sioux Falls, SD, to Sherald (Frenchie) and Lillian Kennard. Earl was confirmed at Salem English Lutheran Church in Minneapolis May 6, 1951.

He attended Minneapolis Central High School.

Earl served his country from 1953-1957 in the US Marine Corps. He was a Korean War veteran and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

Earl married Kay Perry Feb. 6, 1960, in Minneapolis. Together, they had three children.

He married Millie Barth Dec. 26, 1987, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

A man of many talents, Earl was very mechanical, and owned and operated a gas station and a transmission repair shop. Later, he was employed by Lovegreen Industrial as a field representative for 3M Companies. He is a member of the Local Union 548.

In the 1980s, Earl and Millie owned and operated Earl’s 8 Ball Inn and the Rec. Center in Howard Lake.

At the age of 62, Earl retired from Lovegreen and started building his retirement home in Isle, MN, on Mille Lacs Lake.

He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish, and also pheasant and deer hunt. His family and friends meant the world to him, and he was always available to lend a helping hand

Earl served as a past commander of the American Legion Post in Winsted, and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frenchie and Lillian.

Earl is survived by his wife, Millie; sister Sherrie Kennard of St. Paul; brother Roy (Ruth) Marsh of Perham; children Kelley Zobel of Hutchinson, Kris (Scott) Weber of Glencoe, Earl (Dianna) Kennard of Nevada, MO, Jeff (Britta) Barth of Cokato, Scott (Cindy) Barth of Cokato, and Sue ( Jim) Labelle of Buffalo; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

A memorial service took place Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with visitation for one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Cokato and Howard Lake.