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Lester ‘Butch’ Plath, 67

Lester H. “Butch” Plath, age 67, of Lester Prairie, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at his home.

He was born April 5, 1943, in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, the son of Louis H. and Hertha E. (Neuman) Plath. Lester was baptized April 25, 1943, at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake by the Rev. Martin G. Kirsch, and confirmed April 14, 1957, at the same church by the Rev. Reuben L. Ehlen.

Lester was united in marriage to LaNola Westman Oct. 13, 1962, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mountain Lake by the Rev. Wilmer A. Schultz.

Lester worked at the Tony Downs Food Co. in St. James from 1959 to 1962, on a farm for Bernie Hockel until 1965, and then went to work for Land O’ Lakes and also did carpentry work and had a tree service business. In 1975, he was employed by the Cottonwood County Highway Department until 1980, and then by the City of Mountain Lake as a street superintendent and later as public works director.

In 1989, the family moved to Waconia, and then to St. Bonifacius, where Butch was the public works foreman for the City of Excelsior. In 1995, he became the superintendent of public works.

Butch was a member of the Mountain Lake Fire Department for 14 years; five of those years as the assistant fire chief, and two years as the fire chief. He was also a state-certified fire instructor.

One of the founders of the Mt. Lake Sportsmen’s Club, Lester was a member for five years, served as president for one year, and was also an instructor for firearm safety.

He was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.

Lester was active in and enjoyed playing softball, hunting and fishing, and being with his grandchildren and watching them play in sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Hertha (May) Plath; stepfather Taft “Pat” May; sister Dorothy Plath; sister-in-law Mary Plath; brother-in-law Larry Miller; father-in-law and mother-in-law Franklin Westman and Mable Karschnik; and sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Nancy and Bernie Nordby, and Martin “Buzz” Westman.

Lester is survived by his loving family; wife LaNola; daughters and sons-in-law Sherri of Circle Pines, Lisa (Tim Bailey) of Lake Lillian, Brenda (Greg Meyer) of Winthrop, and Kimberly of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Steven and Jill, Christie, Brittney and Tyler, Meghan and Brianna, Chae’le and Ciera; and great-grandchildren Tavia and Tiana.

He is further survived by brothers and sister-in-law Robert and Janet Plath, and Alfred Plath, all of St. James; sister and brother-in-law Irene and Gil Hoehn of St. Peter; stepbrothers and spouses Larry and Ginette May of Madesto, CA, and Steve and Sandra May of Sacramento, CA; stepsister and husband, Gwen and Paul Sepcenko of Underwood, IA; stepfather-in-law and wife Arnold and Dorothy Karschnik of Mt. Lake; sisters-in-law Joyce Stark of St. James, and Carol Westman of Butterfield; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Monday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Phil Wagner officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.

Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Casket bearers were James Stark, Daniel Stark, Thomas Westman, Richard Nordby, Rodney Nordby, Lenny Miller, Mark Rossow, and Tyler Bailey.

Honorary casket bearers were Doug Hahn, Curt Rossow, Walter Wilson, Norm Fast, Vern Pankratz, Allen Hulzebos, Wayne Schneider, and Mark Carvatt.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.