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Luverne W. Koelsch, 86

Luverne Woodrow Koelsch, age 86, of Litchfield, formerly of Dassel and Zumbrota, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Mahn Family Funeral Home – Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the service. Spring burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Luverne was born Feb. 13, 1924, in Milaca, to Arthur and Mabel (nee Rudisell) Koelsch. He grew up in rural Douglas and Pine Island. As a young man, he worked for Rochester Dairy Co-op.

Luverne entered the US Navy Sept. 14, 1943, during World War II, and was honorably discharged on April 15, 1946.

Luverne married June Marie “Violet” Stiller June 14, 1947, in Zumbrota. They made their home in Zumbrota, where Luverne worked for Nerhaugen Chevrolet and ran the Mobil Gas Station for seven years.

In 1970, they moved to Dassel, and Luverne worked for several companies as a truck mechanic in road construction. He retired in 1986 from the Johnson Construction Co.

Luverne enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, traveling, and camping. He was a member of Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727 in Zumbrota, Navy Club of the USA, and Operating Engineers Local 49.

He is survived by his children, son Lowell (Patty) Koelsch of Zumbrota; daughter Valerie (Mike) Woiak of Houlton, WI; his wife, June Marie “Violet” Koelsch of Cannon Falls; grandchildren Krista (Bob) Rowe of Zumbrota, and Andrew Koelsch of Rochester; great-grandchildren Jamie and Dylon Rowe of Zumbrota; siblings Bonabel Knutson of Zumbrota, Milton Koelsch of Hopkins, Thayne “Charlie” Koelsch of Pine Island and Mardell (Harold) Zuercher of Waunakee, WI.

Luverne was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mabel; sisters-in-law Lula Mae Koelsch and Donna Koelsch; and brother-in-law, Clarence Knutson.

Arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home in Zumbrota.