Welton “Tuffy” Jerome Zander, age 91, of Howard Lake, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.
He was born July 20, 1922, to Herman and Agnes (Shepperd) Zander.
A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Welton was baptized Aug. 20, 1922, and confirmed April 14, 1935.
As a member of St. James, he served on several boards and committees, was involved in Bible classes, and enjoyed singing in the choir for over 70 years.
Welton and Harriet (Anderson) began their 63 years of married life July 18, 1942. They lived on the home place, where Welton farmed and milked cows until 1965, when he and Harriet purchased the Lake Bowl, which they ran until 1974.
During that time, they built the Village West Apartments and a house, where they lived until moving to Heritage Square in 2004.
Harriet preceded Welton in death in 2006, and he continued to reside at Heritage Square until becoming a resident of Good Samaritan Care Center in March 2011.
Over the years, Welton was active in county and community affairs. He served on the Wright County Fair board for 20 years, and as mayor of Howard Lake from 1979 to 1990.
He enjoyed volunteer driving and assisting in activities at the care center.
Welton received the special honor of being named Wright County Outstanding Citizen in 1996.
Both he and Harriet were active volunteers of the Wright County Historical Society.
Welton was also a current charter member of the Howard Lake Lions, established in 1978.
As a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center, Welton witnessed his faith in word and deed to those with whom he had contact.
He is survived by his four children; Suzanne (Evan) Schiller, Larry (Jane) Zander, Rebecca (Gary) Hagemann, and Lizabeth Striegel; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ione Swedberg and Geri Anderson; and a brother-in-law, Vergil (Geri) Anderson.
In addition to his wife, Harriet, Welton was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Harold and Gordon.
The funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Howard Lake & Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.