Loren Erwin Splettstoeszer, age 90, of Mayer, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
He was born March 23, 1929, in Mayer, the son of Erwin and Lillie (Schuettpels) Splettstoeszer.
Loren was baptized April 14, 1929, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, by Rev. Erthal. He attended Zion Lutheran School, and confirmed his faith April 18, 1943, at Zion Lutheran Church by Rev. Schwandt.
Loren was a graduate of Waconia High School class of 1947.
He was united in marriage with Barbara Funk June 8, 1953, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. This union of 66 years was blessed with four children, 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The couple made their home in Mayer, and Loren worked for the Minnesota Highway Department, retiring after 31 years of dedication.
Loren enjoyed watching all sports, especially baseball. He was a devoted fan of the Minnesota Twins, and the Mayer Blazers. He was also a member of the Zion Lutheran dart ball team for 41 years, and the Mayer Lumber Company bowling team for many years.
Loren loved opportunities to travel the country with his wife, Barb. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, feeding birds, and visiting with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Lillie Splettstoeszer; and sister and brother-in-law Rocille and Ray Gossen.
Loren is survived by his loving family: wife Barbara Splettstoeszer; children David Splettstoeszer and wife Cindy of Waconia, Catherine Beck and husband Jeff of Monticello, Joan Guthmiller and husband Rick of Glencoe, and Dale Splettstoeszer and wife Rachel of Waconia; grandchildren Matthew Splettstoeszer, Stacie Dehn and husband Josh, Becky Hoff, Nicholas Hoff and wife Amy, Vanessa Hoff and significant other Grant, Eric Rundell and wife Jessica, Tyler Rundell and significant other Sarah, Tiffany Splettstoeszer, Stephanie Riepe and husband Jeff, Jessica Splettstoeszer and significant other Niro, and Angela Splettstoeszer; great-grandchildren Madelyn, Olivia and Henry Hoff, Owen and Avery Rundell, and Lilah and Jackson Dehn; step grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
He is further survived by brother-in-law and sisters-in-law William and Elsie Funk Jr, and Judith Miller; other relatives; and many friends.
Loren’s funeral took place Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with the Rev. Adam Gless as the officiant. Interment was in the church cemetery.
There was visitation Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:45 p.m. prayer service, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; and continued Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the funeral.
Serving as casket bearers were Matthew Splettstoeszer, Nicholas Hoff, Eric Rundell, Tyler Rundell, Becky Hoff, and Stephanie Riepe.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.