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Harvey H. Drusch, 79

Harvey Herbert Drusch, age 79, of Howard Lake, was called to his eternal rest Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 16, 1934, on the family farm near Montrose, the son of Fred and Katherine (Gloege) Drusch. Harvey was baptized Sept. 9, 1934, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Delano by the Rev. E.H. Burns; and confirmed in his faith at this same church March 21, 1948.

Harvey attended Montrose “Tech” School.

He was united in marriage to Lorraine Zabel March 30, 1954, at her parents’ home by the Rev. M.H. Hanke. Their 47 years together were blessed with the births of nine children. They made their home on a farm south of Montrose, and moved to their present home in Howard Lake in the spring of 1960.

Over the years, Harvey’s career included driving truck for Munson Feeds, Day Distributing, and Litfin Trucking. He bartended at the Howard Lake Municipal Liquor Store, and for a short time, volunteered as a fireman. For many years he managed the Delano American Legion, until 1993, when he retired due to failing eyesight.

In retirement, Harvey took up gardening and canning. He enjoyed sharing the bounty of his garden with friends and family, and many enjoyed his salsa and sun pickles. Volunteering at St. James Lutheran School, he helped with the can recycling program.

Harvey was passionate about fishing, and also enjoyed hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends.

Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; parents Fred and Katherine Drusch; father and mother-in-law Ed and Irene Zabel; a sister-in-law, Arlene; two brothers-in-law, Dick Rolf and Willard Schuette; a nephew, Leslie; and two great-grand babies.

He is survived by his nine children; Mike and wife Chris of Waverly, Mark, Linda, Lila, Lynette Kleve, Matthew (Chuck) and his wife Darla, and Merlyn (Pete), all of Howard Lake, Wendy Drusch, Craig (Toby) and his wife Debi of Delano, and Daryl (Taddy) and his wife Julie of Howard Lake.

Harvey is further survived by 17 grandchildren: Holly and husband Chris, Chris and Terra, Josh, Nathan and his wife Melissa, Naomi and her husband Nick, Nicholas, Tiffany, Sarah, Amber and her husband Dan, Crystal, Samantha, Jonathan, Jennifer, Rebecca, Katlyn, Cassandra and Taylor; six great-grandchildren: Adan, Jordan, Allie, Ethan, Bryer and Grayson; a brother, Don and his wife Ruby; a sister, Elaine and her husband Larry Heyer; sister-in-law Beverly Schuette; brother-in-law Joel Zabel and his wife Linda; Kate, Paul and Henry Jewett; nieces; nephews; and a multitude of family and friends.

Officiating at the celebration of his life Saturday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. were the Revs. David Taylor and Michael Nirva. Katie Stevens served as organist, with special music by soloist Marge Stueven.

Whitey Robertson was the urn bearer.

A private family interment will take place at the St. James Cemetery, Dutch Lake, at a later date. His children will carry him to his final resting place.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.