Earl Ernie Stuedemann, age 71, of Plato, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, in an accident near Plato.
He was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Glencoe, the son of Albert Sr. and Lillian (Dierfeldt) Stuedemann. Earl was baptized as an infant Dec. 10, 1944, by the Rev. H. Schaller; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth May 4, 1958, by the Rev. Plocher, both at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe.
Earl received his education at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran School through the eighth grade, and Glencoe High School.
Earl met Kathleen Louise Hasse, his best friend, on a blind date. They were united in marriage Oct. 5, 1963, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. The couple made their home in the same white house with blue trim in Plato for the past 51 years.
Earl and Kathleen’s marriage was blessed with two children, Pamela and David. They shared almost 53 years of marriage.
Earl was constantly busy. He held several different jobs including Bongards Creamery, Northern Culvert, Voight Movers, Selchow Hardware, Glencoe Butter & Produce, and Medallion Cabinetry, but his heart was always on the farm and in the woods. When on the farm, he especially enjoyed helping with the little animals being born.
After work, Earl would help family and friends with farm and field work, or take his chain saw and find a tree that could be turned into firewood. His work ethic and need to get things done the right way was second to none.
Earl was a lifelong active member at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe. He also was a member of the Plato Fire Department for 20 years.
Although not a sports fan initially, he became one by supporting his children, Pam and David, in their activities. He could be quite vocal watching a game on television with Kathleen.
Earl’s pride and joy were his grandkids, and he played whatever game they wanted him to play including Uno, croquet, playing at the park, or pitching baseballs to them. All his grandkids were “Sunshine” to him. He loved to listen to them talk about their activities, and he kidded around with them like only a grandpa can. Earl also tried to instill his love of polka music on his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Stuedemann of Plato; daughter Pamela Warren and her husband, Steve, of Wausau, WI; son David Stuedemann and Heidi Rivers of Shakopee; and grandchildren Brock Warren, Grant Warren, Nolan Stuedemann, Alexis Peterson, and Jordan Peterson.
Earl is also survived by his siblings, Albert Stuedemann Jr. and his wife, Mary Voss, of Glencoe, Gilbert Stuedemann and his wife, Pearl, of Gaylord, and Carol Heldt and her husband, Dennis, of Lester Prairie; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathryn Stender and her husband, Willard, of Young America, and Cherryl Lynn Krienke and her husband, Daryl, of Lester Prairie; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Sr. and Lillian Stuedemann; an infant sister, Dora Stuedemann; sister Shirley Stuedemann and her husband, Willis; father-in-law and mother-in-law, and Wilford and Sophie Hasse.
Funeral services took place Friday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe, followed by interment at the church cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, and continuing Friday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.