Loren Burdette Zander, age 94, of Howard Lake, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.
He was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Middleville Township, to Frank and Alice (Streich) Zander.
Loren was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. He was a lifelong member of the church, and of the Howard Lake community.
Loren graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1940, and attended Hamline University for one year, adding more honors to his high school and college track career.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, receiving his commission and wings in December 1942. He was a B29 pilot, serving in the Pacific Theatre, flying 38 missions; and was later recalled in the Korean War, serving at Travis Air Force Base.
Loren married Lorraine Gutzke Nov. 28, 1945, at the Buffalo courthouse. The couple made their home farming in rural Howard Lake. Loren was also the Route 2 mail carrier for 30 years.
Loren and Lorraine enjoyed camping, golfing, dancing, traveling, and playing cards. They raised six children together.
After retiring from the mail route, they spent the winter months in Texas. Lorraine passed away June 25, 1998.
Loren married Mary Hobbs of Missouri May 20, 2000, in Howard Lake. Loren and Mary also enjoyed their winters in Texas, and summers in Howard Lake. They kept busy dancing, playing cards, traveling, playing pool in the Valley League, and just being together.
Loren was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Alice Zander; sister Lois; brother Gerald; and wife Lorraine.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; children Thomas (Lorrie) Zander, Richard (Connie) Zander, Mary Jo (Rob) Painschab, Jed (Tami) Zander, Jane (John) Kothrade, and John (Shari) Zander; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; Mary’s sons, Carl Hobbs, Bob Hobbs, Jerry Hobbs, and Don Hobbs; and many other friends and relatives.
The funeral service took place Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with 7 p.m. prayer; and continued Thursday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.