Earl Fitzloff, 87

Earl Eugene Fitzloff, age 87, of Hutchinson, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

He was born Jan. 8, 1930, in Hutchinson, the son of Edward and Martha (Dascher) Fitzloff. Earl was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth.

He received his education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate with the Hutchinson High School class of 1948.

Earl furthered his education for two years at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Campus in Minneapolis.

He was united in marriage to Fern Tomlinson May 21, 1949, at the Congregational church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with six children, Colleen, Gregory, Steven, Sue, Brenda, and Roger.

Earl and Fern resided in Hutchinson, and also had a home on Lake Washington. They shared 68 years of marriage.

Earl operated the Skelly Station in Hutchinson from 1951 to 1965, and later was an owner- operator of the Fitzloff Hardware Store in Hutchinson for 35 years, retiring in 1997.

He was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, serving in the church choir for 52 years, and also on the church council.

Earl was also a member of the Hutchinson Fire Department for 27 years, the Lake Washington Association Board, the Hutchinson City Council for six years, one of them serving as mayor; and the Hutchinson Choristers for 40 years.

He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, and watching baseball, basketball, and football games. Earl especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.

When he needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Feb. 26, 2016.

Earl is survived by his wife, Fern Fitzloff of Hutchinson; children, Colleen Fitzloff of Hutchinson, Gregory Fitzloff and his wife, Faith of Georgetown, IN, Steven Fitzloff and his wife, Deb of Mankato, Sue Fitzloff and her husband, Keith Nordeen of Minneapolis, Brenda Harper of Bloomington, MN, and Roger Fitzloff and his wife, Sheri of Farmington; grandchildren Brian Fitzloff, Scott Fitzloff, Jonathan Harper, Katie Richards, Jason Harper, and Elliott Fitzloff; and great-grandchildren Austin Harper, Everett Fitzloff, Owen Fitzloff, Ivy Harper, Flynn Richards, Rylee Harper, and one to arrive in the spring.

He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Joan Fitzloff of Buffalo Lake; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Martha Fitzloff; a sister, Ruth Krumrey and her husband, Arvid; and brothers Duane Fitzloff, Ray Fitzloff, and Glenn Fitzloff and his wife, Helen.

Memorial services took place Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with a spring interment. The Rev. Gerhard Bode officiated, and the organist was Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon.Soloist Jim Wendling sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “On Eagle’s Wings.”

Earl’s grandchildren were honorary casket bearers. Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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