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Elton Gruenhagen, 86

Elton Edward Gruenhagen, age 86, a farmer and life-long resident of Howard Lake, was called to his eternal home Jan. 1, 2021.

Elton was born Aug. 3, 1934, to Herb and Helen (Reinmuth) Gruenhagen. Elton was reborn through baptism, Aug. 3, 1934. He confirmed his faith April 10, 1949.

Elton was a graduate of Howard Lake High School, class of 1953.

Elton was united in marriage to Joyce Marquette, March 29, 1958, at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. They shared 45 years together.

Elton was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church. He enjoyed a lifetime of dairy and crop farming with his wife, children, and grandchildren. When Elton was not working, he could be found watching sports, Billy’s (westerns), and Family Feud.

Elton will be remembered for his faith, strong work ethic, and witty personality. He was fond of traveling, especially with his wife, Joyce.

Elton is survived by his children, Craig (Debra) Gruenhagen of Howard Lake, Cheryl (Bill) Morris of Saginaw, MI, and Brian (Rena) Gruenhagen of Howard Lake; his grandchildren who meant the world to him, Nathan (Heidi) Gruenhagen, Amanda (Mark) Meddaugh, Ryan (Sara) Gruenhagen, Jessica (Jordan) Moberg, Daniel Morris, Tyler (Ashlee) Gruenhagen, and Gabrielle (Jake) Wurm; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Blake Gruenhagen, Grace and Jake Meddaugh, Kayley, Ryley, and Paisley Moberg, Adelynn Wurm, and Blythe Walbon; and sister, Erla Mae Jackson of Arizona.

Elton was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; son, Wayne; sister, Barbara; and brother, Victor.

A funeral service took place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with interment at Howard Lake Cemetery. A visitation took place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the church, with 7 p.m. prayer service.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Cokato and Howard Lake served the family, 320-543-3401.

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