Eldert D. “Fuzzy” Menth, age 80, of New Germany, passed away Sunday March 16, 2014, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born Jan. 2, 1934, in Hollywood Township, Carver County, the son of Lorin and Lilah (Stender) Menth. Eldert was baptized in Watertown, and later confirmed at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.
Eldert was united in marriage to Donna H. Schubert July 30, 1952, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.
Known by most as “Fuzzy,” Eldert was the kind of man everyone loved being with. His positive attitude and kind heart were an inspiration to everyone in his life.
You could always count on Eldert to remember your birthday with a phone call and a song. His gentle spirit, genuine interest in others, and easygoing nature made it easy for him to make friends with anyone, young or old.
An avid outdoorsman, Fuzzy was most in his element hunting or fishing, and enjoyed, more than anything, spending time at his cabin with family and friends.
One of the most generous, caring, and special people ever put on this earth, Eldert’s presence will be deeply missed by those fortunate enough to have known him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorin and Lilah Menth; brother Dennis Menth; and brother-in-law Clifford Jerde.
Eldert is survived by his loving family: wife Donna Menth; children Bob (Nancy) Menth, Dan Menth, all of New Germany, Patty (Ron) Rogers of Plymouth, John (Trudy) Menth, and Jim (Twyla) Menth, all of Mayer; grandchildren Jackie Menth, Jenny Menth, Jill Menth, Jason Menth, Katie Rogers, Lindsay Rogers, Sarah and Rob Olson, Holly Menth, Matthew Menth, Taylor Menth, Kayla and Aaron Coil, and Cody Menth; step-grandchildren Jason and Malia McNellis, and Chris and Tony Tanita; and great-grandchildren Carson Coil, Landon Rogers, and Cary Tanita.
He is further survived by brothers Darrel (Mary Jo) Menth of New Germany, and Allen (Lynette) Menth of Waconia; sister-in-law Marlene and husband Ken Campbell of New Hope; sister-in-law Yvonne Jerde of Lester Prairie; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services took place Friday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, March 20 from 4 to 8:30 p.m., and continued Friday one hour prior to the service, all at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. There was a prayer service Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
Casket bearers were Ron Rogers, Jason Menth, Cody Menth, Matthew Menth, Rob Olson, Aaron Coil, and Tony Ertl.
Honorary casket bearers were Steven Menth, Troy Menth, Chad Menth, Jason McNellis, and Tony Tanita.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.