Fredrick C. Stark, 83

Fredrick Charles Stark, age 83, of Dassel, formerly of Gibbon, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

He was born Nov. 1, 1930, in New Ulm, the son of Fred and Rose (Kellogg) Stark.

Fred grew up in Gibbon, where he graduated from the Gibbon High School in 1948. After graduating from high school, he attended Gustavus Adolphus College for a year.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and had been a member of the Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon for many years before becoming a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Fredrick was united in marriage to Beverly Olson Sept. 11, 1954, in Gibbon. The couple made their home in Gibbon, where they raised their three daughters, and celebrated 41 year of marriage.

Fred owned and operated his own semi-truck, and independently drove for McKesson Chemical out of Litchfield, and JR Schugel Trucking from New Ulm for several years. He was proud of logging in over 4 million miles while driving his truck.

Fred was united in marriage to Verna Gruenhagen Aug. 11, 2001, at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon. Fred and Verna made their home in Dassel the past 13 years.

Fred enjoyed spending time fishing, trapping, watching the Minnesota Twins, and playing cards, and he enjoyed a great conversation with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Verna Gruenhagen-Stark of Dassel; children, Susan (Gary) Bullemer of New London, Michelle “Shelley” (Todd) Anderson of Minnetrista, and Sara (Doug) Husfeldt of Buffalo; and six grandchildren, Sam and Grant Bullemer, Allie and Logan Anderson, and Evan and Sydney Husfeldt.

Fred is further survived by one sister, Kathy (Randy) Friedrichs of Owatonna; Verna’s children and their families: Bruce Gruenhagen of Coon Rapids, Todd (Linda) Gruenhagen of North Saint Paul, and their children, Sally (John) Stien, and Holly (Mike) Wadino and their children, (Michael and Gia Wadino), Stephan Gruenhagen, Jubie, Gruenhagen, and Jayne Gruenhagen.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly, July 9, 1995; and by his parents, Fred and Rose Stark.

The funeral service took place Wednesday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. Private family interment followed at the Augustana Lutheran Cemetery in Gibbon.

There was a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the funeral arrangements.

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