Edwin George Laumann, age 91, of Watertown, died Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.
He was born May 31, 1921, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the son of Jacob and Frances Anna (Ebert) Laumann. Edwin attended country grade school in Hollywood Township.
He was inducted into the US Army Aug. 3, 1942, at Ft. Snelling, and served until his honorable discharge Dec. 4, 1945, at Camp McCoy, WI. While serving our country, Ed had earned the American Theater Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, with one Bronze Star and one Bronze Arrowhead.
Edwin was united in marriage with Ethel Amanda Kohls April 25, 1946, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. The couple began their life together on Edwin’s family farm, working alongside his parents and brother, until Edwin and Ethel eventually took over the farm.
Edwin was a great neighbor, always lending a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance with harvest or chores. He moved off the farm in 1988, when they purchased a home in Watertown.
For many years Edwin was a supervisor for Hollywood Township, a director for the bank in New Germany, and a member of the Knights Of Columbus. After his retirement, he often volunteered at his church and the food shelf.
Edwin enjoyed going to dances, fishing, neighborhood card parties, and spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Ethel Laumann; son DeVan Laumann; parents Jacob and Frances Laumann; granddaughter Heather Helmbrecht; sisters and brothers-in-law Marcela and Melvin Kohls, LuVern and Henry Braunwarth, Rose Ann and Alex Gebhardt, Ellen and Reuben Baumann; brothers and sisters-in-law Lawrence Laumann, James and Myrtle Laumann; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Alfred Goede, Hilma and John Burdorf, Elda Kohls, Sedona Kohls, Leona and Clarence Luke, Frieda and Gilbert Gongoll.
Edwin is survived by his loving family: daughters and sons-in-law Glorianne and Michael Sexton of Watertown, Jeanine and Roman Widmer of Howard Lake, Idona and Don Gesinger of Watertown, and Connie and Patrick Sexton of Minnetonka; grandchildren and their spouses, Kristin and Alan Kamann, Shawn and Elizabeth Sexton, Tom Helmbrecht, Jason and Jocelyn Widmer, Alisha Guzman, Rachel and Matt Berhow, Daniel and Michelle Gesinger, Brian Gesinger, Jonathan and April Gesinger, Collin Sexton, Kyle Sexton, and Elizabeth Sexton; and great-grandchildren Katelyn Kamann, Erin Kamann, Laurel Sexton, Grace Sexton, Sierra Helmbrecht, Nicholas Helmbrecht, Jacob Helmbrecht, Jolene Widmer, Nathan Widmer, Julia Widmer, Ashley Murphey, Kailey Simpson, Eden Berhow, Brandon Gesinger, Kimberly Gesinger, Lily Gesinger, Lucy Gesinger, Leah Gesinger, and Ryan Gesinger.
He is further survived by sisters and brother-in-law Virginia Goede of Waconia, and Adeline and Bill Harrison of Tucson, AZ; sister-in-law Vangie Laumann of Watertown; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with Fr. Anthony Subeda as the officiant of the Mass. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with a 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary, and an 8 p.m. parish prayer service; and continued Wednesday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Casket bearers were Edwin’s grandsons, Shawn Sexton, Jason Widmer, Daniel Gesinger, Brian Gesinger, Jon Gesinger, Collin Sexton (currently serving his country in the US Air Force), and Kyle Sexton.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.