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Virgil E. Latzig, 73

Virgil Edward Latzig, age 73, of Lester Prairie, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born June 13, 1939, in New Germany, the son of Otto and Ella (Schuette) Latzig. Virgil was baptized as an infant in 1939, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth in 1954, by the Rev. Henry Weseloh, both at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Germany.

Virgil received his education in New Germany, and after his father passed away, he started to work hard on the farm.

He was united in marriage to Ruth Boettcher June 7, 1958, in Mayer. The couple made their home in New Germany, and moved to Lester Prairie in 1960. They were blessed with three children, Deb, Pam, and Brian; and shared over 54 years of marriage.

In addition to farming, Virgil also delivered milk with his brother to area homes. He worked at Green Giant in Watertown, and also for Norman Schwartz Welding Company.

Virgil started his own company, Latzig Welding and Repair, and was known for his ability to fix anything. His business burned down in 1986, but he was able to rebuild that same year.

He received a liver transplant in 1998.

As a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, Virgil served as a trustee and was also instrumental in designing a system for the bell to be rung inside the church.

Virgil enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, singing, and playing his guitar. He loved to visit with others and could talk to anyone, telling them stories of the past.

He loved taking long drives, which would often include a stop at Menards. Virgil loved his family and cherished his time spent with them.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Latzig, of Lester Prairie; children Deb Yurek and her husband, Milan, of Hutchinson, Pam Fiecke and her husband, Steve, of Winsted, and Brian Latzig of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Tracy Asche and her husband, Ryan, Jodi Lanska and her husband, Jeremiah, all of Hutchinson, Jason Fiecke and his wife, Hiromi, of Japan, Ryan Fiecke of Winsted, Brandon Fiecke of Hutchinson, and Krystal Conklin and her husband, Matt, of Glencoe; and great-grandchildren Kyle, Kaylea, Jadon, Jena, Katie, Joshua, Benjamin, Gracie, Korbin, Isabella, James and Owen.

Virgil is further survived by sisters-in-law Lyla Latzig of Hutchinson, Dorothy Latzig of Winsted, and Florence Boettcher of Mayer; brother-in-law, the Rev. Loren Boettcher and his wife, Norma, of Cape Girardeau, MI; nieces; nephews; other relatives, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Otto Latzig; mother, Ella (Schuette) Birkholz; stepfather Alfred Birkholz; brothers Marvin Latzig, Allan Latzig, and Earl Latzig; a sister, Eldoris Latzig; parents-in-law Paul and Flora (Jaekel) Boettcher; sister-in-law Cordella Latzig; and brother-in-law Merlyn Boettcher.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with Pastor Layton Lemke officiating. The organist was Marsha Christenson. Soloist Carrie Knott sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Interment followed in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Lester Prairie.

Honorary casket bearers were Jadon Lanska, Krystal Conklin, Tracy Asche, and Jodi Lanska.

Casket bearers were Brandon Fiecke, Kyle Asche, Ryan Asche, Jeremiah Lanska, Jon Dammann, and Matt Conklin.

Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.