Gordon J. Venske, 87

Gordon J. Venske, age 87, of Watertown, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

His funeral service will take place Friday, July 14 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison Street S.E.) in Watertown, with the Rev. Jeffrey Engholm officiating, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

There will be visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Casket bearers are Michael Venske, Daniel Venske, Rachel Stephenson, Johanna Dertinger, Joseph Dertinger, and Norman Venske.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

Gordon was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Hollywood Township, the son of Carl and Verda (Fillbrandt) Venske. He was baptized Feb. 9, 1930, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by the Rev. F. W. Erthal; and confirmed April 18, 1943, at the same church by the Rev. E. Schwandt.

Gordon was united in marriage to Marion M. Richter June 18, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown by the Rev. Anderson.

Gordon worked at the Watertown Creamery from 1947 to 1948; and for Streater Industries and Hendricks Hatchery from 1948 to 1952. He then farmed until 1953.

Gordon entered the military in 1954, and was discharged in 1955.

He worked at NSP as a meter reader from 1956, retiring in 1992.

Gordon was very involved at Trinity Lutheran Church, taking part in the church council, cemetery board, as an usher, co-chairman of the mother-daughter banquet, and as a member of Paul Apostles, the Altar Guild, and the senior choir. He had a tremendous faith, attending church on a regular basis.

Gordon thoroughly enjoyed going to garage sales, trying to find the next teddy bear for his collection. He loved to put Christmas decorations up, winning many contests; and enjoyed playing on a horseshoe league.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Verda Venske.

Gordon is survived by his loving family: wife Marion; children Sandra Stephenson of Buffalo, Susan (Michael) Dertinger of Waconia, and Steven (Bernadine) Venske of Watertown; grandchildren Amy (Jason) Felix, Sean Stephenson, Rachel Stephenson and friend Joe Kneisl, Michael Venske and Athena Pelton, Daniel Venske and Cassandra Gilles and her children Campbell and Eli; Johanna Dertinger, and Joseph Dertinger; and great-grandchildren Sadie, Harper, Kaia and Jack.

He is further survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and John Lund of Lino Lakes; aunt Edna Ernst of Waconia; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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