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Neal O. Tessmer, 63

Neal Orvel Tessmer, age 63, of Hutchinson, died, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 2, 1951, in Gaylord, to Orvel and Leola Tessmer (Ellig). Neal was baptized as an infant, confirmed in his faith, and attended school at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.

He spent his childhood on a farm in rural Gaylord, until moving to Stewart, MN in August 1965. Neal graduated from Stewart High School in 1969, attended Willmar Junior College for two years, and graduated from Mankato State College in 1974.

Neal was united in marriage to Jeannie Barrick Sept. 28, 1974, at First Lutheran Church in Dassel. The couple made their home in the city of Hutchinson for 12 years, and then moved to their current home on Belle Lake in rural Hutchinson. They shared more than 39 years of marriage, and were blessed with two children, of which Neal was extremely proud; Tiffany in 1981, and Ben in 1983.

Neal was employed by Hutchinson Technology Inc. for 29 years, commuting to the Plymouth location for seven years. Later, he worked for Bixby Energy in Rogers, and National Equipment in Brooklyn Park. He retired in 2011, due to his health, but did “on call/casual lab courier” for Glencoe Regional Health Services until January 2014.

Neal was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Hutchinson Elks Lodge, Saturday Night Cruiser’s Car Club, Belle Lake Association, Crow River Chapter of the Star Motorcycle Club, and a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed living at the lake, classic cars, riding motorcycle, waterskiing, snowmobiling, dancing, and family vacations.

After his diagnosis, Neal was proud to participate in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Walk/Run in St Paul, with his family and close friends.

Neal is survived by his wife, Jeannie; daughter Tiffany of Richfield; son Benjamin of Willmar; parents Orvel and Leola of Stewart; brother Randy (Sue) of Gaylord; sister Wendy Hellwig (Steve) of Litchfield; mother-in-law Gladys Carlen of Cokato; sisters-in-law Judy (Milt) Larson of Cokato, Joyce Barrick of Hutchinson, Jocelyn (Brad) Larson of Lexington, NE, and Jennifer (Gail) Plaisance of Buffalo Lake; brother-in-law Jerald (Nina) Barrick of Litchfield; and many nieces and nephews, family members, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Gertrude Tessmer, and Ben and Helena (Roepke) Ellig; father-in law James Barrick Sr.; and brother-in-law James Barrick Jr.

The funeral service took place Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Jon Lindekugel officiating.There was visitation and fellowship from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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