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John H. Eklund, 86

John H. Eklund, age 86, of Watertown, died Sunday, March 2, 2014.

He was born June 26, 1927, at the family farm on Swede Lake, Carver County, the son of John and Adelaide (Justus) Eklund. John was baptized July 21, 1927, and confirmed June 14, 1943, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.

John was united in marriage to Ruth Hawkinson June 2, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.

On Dec. 9, 1984, John was united in marriage to Mary Kieper at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Marvin Palmquist.

John had a rich historical background. His ancestors on his mother’s side go back to 1856, when his great-grandparents, Daniel and Anna Justus, settled on the shores of Swede Lake. John followed in his ancestors’ footsteps; he served his God, family, country, and community.

He was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

John was active in many Watertown organizations, serving as Watertown Township Supervisor for 25 years, a member of the Carver County planning and zoning board, president of the farmers’ union, served on the Carver County Historical Board for eight years, and was a member of the Lions Club, which he served as president for one year. He was also a proud member of the VFW and Legion in Watertown.

The Eklund Farm has been in the family for 154 years. His hope for the farm is that it will be in the family for many more years to come.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Adelaide Eklund; brothers Roland, Russell, and Marvin Eklund; and sisters Doris Young and Thelma Wickland.

John is survived by his loving family: wife Mary Eklund of Watertown; children Linnea Loberg of St. Peter, Barbara (Stephen) Olson of Kasota, Keith (Joanne) Eklund of Rockford, and Kimberly (Michael) Patterson of Cologne; grandchildren Russell Gatton, Heather and Matthew Drahos, Josh Olson and Tamika Bertram, Kate Olson, Jenny Mayoros, Laura and Mustafa Karamagi, Anna Eklund, David Patterson, Brian and Jenna Patterson, Sarah and Krist Kalkes, Christina and Nate Steere, Tony Moser, Jake Moser, and Sarah Moser; and great-grandchildren Ben Gatton, Andrew Gatton, Jackson Drahos, Catherine Drahos, Tyler Sepin, Brooklyn Patterson, Marielle Mayoros, Sarah Carpenter, Aubriana Steere, and Chad Michael Patterson, coming soon.

He is further survived by step-children Lisa and Todd Eggers of Montrose, Kevin and Kari Kieper of Leander, TX, and Jason and Carrie Kieper of Mound; step-grandchildren Ashley and Marcus Comeux, Travis Eggers, Caeden Kieper, Cailyn Kieper, Ethan Kieper, and Sydney Kieper; step-great-grandchildren Brooklyn Comeux, and Carter Comeux; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Don and Janis Madewell of Universal City, TX; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service took place Saturday March 8 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Revs. Marilyn Breckenridge and John McNabb from Minnetrista Baptist Church in St. Bonifacius officiating.

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

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