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George F. Asfeld, 80

George Frank Asfeld, age 80, of Buffalo, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, surrounded by his family, at home, with Guardian Angels Elim Hospice services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Tuesday, May 17 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, followed by interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, and will continue Tuesday one hour prior to the Mass.

Pallbearers will be George’s grandchildren, Jeremy Asfeld, Gordan Michael Asfeld, Shawn Asfeld, Zechariah McConnell, Nicholas Mooney, and Eric Asfeld. Honorary pallbearers, also grandchildren, are Benjamin Asfeld, Shanda Aase, Lisa VanDelden, Brandy Asfeld, Wendy Sylvester, Ventia McConnell and Natalie Dornan.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.

George was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Stearns County, to Frank and Mary (Mueller) Asfeld.

He married the love of his life, Lilias Zempel, May 2, 1953. George and Lilias celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this year.

George served in the Army Reserves for 33 years.

He was an active member at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Buffalo.

George worked for local John Deere dealerships since 1950, as a mechanic, salesman, and in the parts department; of which he enjoyed every minute. After retiring in 1995, he was employed by Rolstad Construction & Farms.

His hobbies included John Deere tractors, the outdoors, including hunting and fishing; puzzles, and playing cribbage and a card game called “solo.” He also enjoyed traveling, and visited Australia, Hawaii, and Mexico; also spending some time “wintering” in Texas. Wherever George went, he always managed to know someone.

George is survived by his wife, Lilias (Zempel); children and their spouses, Glenn (Beatrice) of San Antonio, TX, Keith (Arlene) of Cokato, Gordan (Diane) of Watertown, Pamela (Stephen Mooney) of Maple Lake, and Laurie (Dan McConnell) of Becker; 13 grandchildren; one step-grandchild; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Ludwig, Norbert, Leo, Isabella, Bernice Ann, Robert, Clarence and Avon; in-laws, nephews, and nieces.

George’s parents; his brother, Philip; and an infant son, Steven, preceded him in death.