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Curtis D. Menth, 83

Curtis D. “Curt” Menth, age 83, of Watertown, died Saturday May 5, 2012, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

He was born Dec. 11, 1928, in Camden Township, Carver County, the son of Lloyd and Erna (Kohls) Menth. Curtis was baptized Dec. 30, 1928, at his home by the Rev. Theo Rolf; and confirmed March 29, 1942, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, by the Rev. Theo Rolf.

Curtis was united in marriage to Ella A. Richter Aug. 12, 1950, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by the Rev. Martin Rische.

Curt served in the United States Army, enlisting Jan. 16, 1951, and receiving his honorable discharge Sept. 14, 1952.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 601 in New Germany for 60 years.

Curt worked for Culligan for 20 years, and was an owner/operator, hauling grain and building materials. He then was employed as a driver for Mueller Trucking until retiring in 1994.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, road trips, listening to old tyme music, watching the Twins and Vikings, and his favorite old western movies.

Curt was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was kind and generous, and truly cherished visiting with family and friends.

Curt was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ella; son Michael Menth; father and mother Lloyd and Erna Menth; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Helena Richter; sister-in-law Stella Ostlie; and brothers-in-law Don Ostlie and Oscar Richter.

He is survived by his loving family: daughters and sons-in-law Rhonda and Steve Schelitzche of Pine River, and Shelly and Dale Ketcher of Watertown; son Kent Gerdeman of Rogers; daughter-in-law Kay Menth of St. Paul; grandchildren James Ketcher, Jason and Annie Ketcher, Jeremy Ketcher, Kris and Betsy Menth, Nick Menth, and Miranda Menth; great-grandchildren Josh, Cole, Zach, Abby, and a soon-to-be fifth great-grandchild; sister and brother-in-law LaMoyne and Dennis Wolter of Excelsior; brother and sister-in-law Bill and Toni Menth of St. Bonifacius; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday May 9 at 11 am. at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. Paul Krentz officiating. Interment as in Watertown Community Cemetery, with military honors provided by the New Germany American Legion Post 601.

Visitation was Tuesday, May 8, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, all at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Casket bearers were Jeremy Ketcher, Jason Ketcher, Annie Ketcher, Nick Menth, Miranda Menth, Kris Menth.

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