Daryl T. ‘Taddy’ Drusch, 49

Daryl Todd “Taddy” Drusch, age 49, of Howard Lake, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at his home.

There will be a memorial service Friday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard Lake.

Visitation will take place Thursday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 1000 7th Avenue, Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; continuing Friday at the school, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cokato and Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

A fireman for 30 years, Daryl was serving as fire chief #1 for the city of Howard Lake at the time of his death.

He was born April 6, 1970, in Winsted, to Harvey and Lorraine (Zabel) Drusch. Daryl was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, where he was a lifelong member.

Daryl attended St. James School through the eighth grade, and then continued his education at Howard Lake-Winsted-Waverly High School.

After 13 year of dating, Taddy married the love of his life, Julie Mifek, April 3, 2004, at St. James. They welcomed Taylor James into their lives Aug. 31, 2004.

The family lived in town until recently purchasing their dream home in the country.

Over the years, Taddy worked for Delano Coast to Coast, on the Zander farm, at Joe’s Sport Shop, Diers Electric, Sibley Electric Inc., and lastly Laketown Electric.

He coached Taylor’s baseball team and loved to coach basketball from the bleachers (loudly). Taddy loved camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and playing cards. He helped anyone who needed it, whether it was driving tractor or tinkering to get something to work right.

Most of all, Taddy loved spending time with Julie and Taylor, as they were his world.

He is survived by his wife, Julie, and son, Taylor; siblings Mike (Chris) of Waverly, Mark, Linda, Lila, Matthew “Chuck” (Darla) Drusch, Lynette Kleve, all of Howard Lake; Merlyn “Pete,” of Montrose, and Craig “Toby,” (Debi) of Delano; mother-in-law Pat Mifek, father-in-law Jerry Mifek; brother-in-law Jeff (Katie); 16 nieces and nephews; and 15 great nieces and nephews, with number 16 due in March.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Lorraine Drusch; and brother-in-law James Mifek.

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