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Fred Nus, 94

Fred Nus, age 94, of Howard Lake, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with a time of fellowship immediately following the service at the middle school cafeteria in Howard Lake.

Arrangements are being handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

Fred was born April 7, 1918, in Waterloo, IA, the son of Frederick and Anna (Buesing) Nus. He was baptized in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Waterloo May 26, 1918, and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Fred was married to Velma Ringgenberg Aug. 9, 1942, and they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Fred and Velma were blessed with three children, James, Robert, and Marcia.

Fred graduated from West High School in Waterloo in 1936, and attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls, IA, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1940. After serving nine years as a coach and teacher in Iowa and Colorado, he earned his master’s degree at the University of Colorado.

In 1949, Fred began his career as a superintendent of schools and during the next 31 years, he served as superintendent of four Iowa schools and one Minnesota school, Howard Lake.

He retired in 1980, after serving 16 years as superintendent of schools for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District.

Following Fred’s retirement, he began substitute teaching at both the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Dassel-Cokato schools, until 1998.

Fred was a member of the United Methodist Church in Howard Lake for many years until it closed, and was currently a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake. He was active in his church and community, and was a member of the Howard Lake Businessmen’s Association, the Lion’s Club, and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators. He also helped with the Meals on Wheels program, and transportation of blood for the bloodmobile.

He enjoyed golfing, playing bridge with friends, playing cribbage and Tripoley with family, fishing, and taking road trips with Velma in their camper.

Fred is survived by his wife, Velma; sons Jim (Lori), and Bob (Mary); daughter Marcia (Andy); 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a nephew, John (Anne); and a niece by marriage, Dreanna.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Loren; a sister-in-law, Phyllis; and a nephew, Edward.