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Melvin A. Latzig, 89

Melvin A. Latzig, age 89, of New Germany, died Sunday July 11, 2010, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born April 17, 1921, in New Germany, the son of Arthur and Anna (Kohls) Latzig. Melvin was baptized May 15, 1921, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Theodore Rolf, and confirmed by the same April 14, 1935.

Melvin was united in marriage to Elaine E. Zebell June 7, 1949, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.

A loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa Melvin’s passion in life was farming, and he thoroughly enjoyed driving the tractor. He also liked to read different books and listen to old tyme music. He was a member of the American Legion in New Germany.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Anna Latzig; stepmother Marie Latzig; sister and brother-in-law Vera and Alvin Vollrath; daughter-in-law Mary Latzig; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Luella and Hillard Graupmann, and Leonard and Leona Zebell.

He is survived by his loving family: wife Elaine; son David Latzig of New Germany; daughter and son-in-law Diane and Gary Hardel of Chaska; grandchildren Ranee and Paul Krueger, Rita Everhart and special friend Matthew Wosmec, Rachel Latzig, and Stephanie Hardel and special friend Travis Krautkremer; and great-grandchildren Isaac, Malcolm, Jackson, and Mary Ann.

He is further survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Clarence and Violet Zebell, Maynard and Delores Zebell, all of Glencoe, Vernon and Marlene Zebell of Waconia, Viola and Walden Kohls of Buffalo, and Barbara Zebell of Waconia; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was Friday, July 16 at noon at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with visitation preceding the service, beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Allen Holthus officiated, and interment was at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany.

Casket bearers were Ranee Krueger, Rita Everhart, Rachel Latzig, Stephanie Hardel, Paul Krueger, and Matthew Wosmec.

Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia. Online condolences to the family are available at www.johnsonfh.com.