August Fredrick Ferdinand Ristow, age 93, of Norwood Young America, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at his home.
He was born June 20, 1917, on a farm south of Lester Prairie, in Bergen Township, the son of Max and Anna Augusta (Buechner) Ristow. August was baptized as an infant July 22, 1917, by the Rev. C.C. Joern; and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth by the Rev. E. J. Becker, both at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Lester Prairie.
He attended country school District 5, south of Lester Prairie, through the fifth grade. August went out working at a young age at different farms as a hired man, working with horses, repairing fences, cutting and shocking grain, doing chores, silo filling and cutting wood. He worked for a neighbor running a portable feed mill for a number of years.
In 1940, August started his own milk route hauling can milk to Maple Creamery in Waconia. He was called into military service in 1942. He received his honorable discharge Feb. 15, 1946.
While home on furlough, August was united in marriage Feb. 8, 1943, to Luella Jannusch, daughter of F. F. and Laura (Litzau) Jannusch, by the Rev. J.H. Bunge at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Plato. This marriage was blessed with four children, Beverly, Emily, Stanly and Sally. August and Luella shared 67 years of marriage.
Because August loved the land, he farmed all of his life. He also worked for the Lester Prairie Block and Tile Factory for about 14 years. Later he started working for Bergen Township, grading roads, hauling gravel, snow plowing and doing maintenance work for 14 years.
August was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. He was also a 58-year member of the Plato American Legion Post 641.
He enjoyed cutting wood, working, and dining out. August especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.
August is survived by his wife, Luella Ristow of Norwood Young America; children, Beverly (Donald) Baumetz of Hutchinson, Emily (Roger) Krohn of Plato, Stanly Ristow of Hutchinson, and Sally (Kevin) Kargel of Willow Springs, MO; and grandchildren, Bruce (Jill Hickler) Baumetz, Juli Baumetz, Jana (friend Paul Wellman) Russell, Brian (friend Angie Wangan) Krohn, Ruth (Tim) Simrell, James (friend Shannon Golembeck) Krohn, Justin (Christina Wisch) Ristow, Joshua (friend Beth Dougherty) Ristow, Jordan (friend Angie Tellers) Ristow, Rebecca (Remy) Cotton, Ryan (Julie Koler) Kargel, Russell (Donna Mahoney) Kargel, Rashelle (Robert) Jernigan, Raphael (Cherish Mann) Kargel, Roderic (Angela Rogers) Kargel, Romuald (Catherine Sloniker) Kargel, Rita Kargel, Renee (Joshua) Mann, Rufina (William III) Eddy, Randolph Kargel, and Robin Kargel.
He is further survived by great-grandchildren Kelly Hickler, Grant Baumetz, Coleter Baumetz, Jeremiah Baumetz, Zachary Russell, Tyler Russell, Tara Russell, Winona Krohn, Wyatt Simrell, Joshua Simrell, Jessica Simrell, Alexander Cotton, Zachariah Cotton, Mira Cotton, Thaddeus Kargel, Agnes Ann Kargel, Mary Kargel, Michael Kargel, Julia Jernigan, Gabrielle Jernigan, Robert A. Jernigan, Joseph Jernigan, Isabelle Kargel, Clarabelle Kargel, Maggie Maye Kargel, Ashtian Mann, Quincy Mann, Dominic Eddy, and Shawn Eddy; great-great-grandchildren, Collin Simrell, Tyson Simrell, and Ethan Simrell; sister Sophie Hasse; sisters-in-law, Dora Kingsley, and Verona Howell; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
August was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Augusta (Buechner) Ristow; parents-in-law Ferdinand and Laura (Litzau) Jannusch; grandchildren, Andrew Colemer and Jeremiah Kargel; and sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paul Ristow, Ruth Ristow, Lilly and John Hoof, Esther and Steven Schmidt, Ernest and Helma Ristow, Elsie and August Zabel, Henry and Iris Ristow, Edwin and Erna Ristow, Otto Ristow and Wilford Hasse.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato, with the Rev. William Baldwin officiating. Organist was Diane Anderson. Soloist Bob Becker sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Supper Time.” Special music was also provided by Earl Ehrke, who performed “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “Nearer My God To Thee” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Bruce Baumetz, Brian Krohn, James Krohn, Justin Ristow, Joshua Ristow, Jordan Ristow, Roderic Kargel, and Romuald Kargel.
Arrangements were by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.