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Virgil A. Zeidler, 74

Virgil Albert Zeidler, age 74, of Howard Lake, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born June 14, 1936, to Arthur and Ada (Uecker) Zeidler. Virgil was baptized at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

He went into military service in the US Army from 1955 to 1957.

Virgil was united in marriage to Marie (Hausladen) Sept. 7, 1957, at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted. This union was blessed with seven children.

Virgil worked for Goebel Fixture Company in Hutchinson, for 13 years, before taking over the family dairy farm in 1966.

He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing cards, family parties, and working on the farm.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Marie, of Howard Lake; children Diane (Randy) Mielke of Lester Prairie, Debbie (Doug) Bettcher of Mayer, Sandy (Dale) Exsted of Glencoe, Patricia Larsen of Bloomington, Scott (Kim) Zeidler of Annandale, Brad (Denise) Zeidler of Blaine, and Chris (Amanda) Zeidler of Cokato; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Jeanette (Harold) Schuettpelz of Watertown; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Ada Zeidler.

A memorial service took place Tuesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church in Winsted with visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. Father Tony Hesse officiated.

The family was served by the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.