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Douglas M. Ittel, 73

Douglas M. Ittel, age 73, of New Germany, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in St. Cloud.

Douglas Michael Ittel was born in Waconia, MN, May 2, 1947, the son of Melvin and Esther (Engelen) Ittel. He was baptized May 18, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with Rev. P. Kramer as officiant. He was confirmed April 10, 1960, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Watertown, with Rev. Louis Wetzel as officiant.

Doug was united in marriage to Diane Kassen, Nov. 1, 1969, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with Rev. Norman Steinke as officiant.

Doug owned and operated his own building contractor company for over 25 years.

Doug was an avid outdoorsman – he loved hunting and fishing on his very green boat, (aka The Lily Pad). He also enjoyed telling a few tall tales involving both of these interests, which we are still trying to decipher how much was true and how much was a “fish story.”

Doug was the ultimate jokester with a quick wit, and took great pride in making people laugh. He made a mean venison stew and never missed an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”

Doug also had an artistic side and did a lot of paintings. He could tune out an entire room of crazy, noisy grandchildren for a good word find. Doug’s positive attitude was something we all could strive for.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Esther Ittel; sister, Bernell Poetz; in-laws, Gary Lachermeier, Pete Poetz, Harlan Hilk, and Lyle Stock.

Doug is survived by his loving family, wife of 51 years, Diane; children, Kelli (Dan) Osterkamp of Waconia, Chad (Tami) Ittel of Green Isle, Traci Williams of Bloomington, Melissa (Mark) Foster of Delano; grandchildren, Shawn Osterkamp, Josh Osterkamp, Carson Osterkamp, Mason Ittel, Kailee Ittel, Jayda Mackenthun, Alexandra Williams, Kai Foster, Brynn Foster; brother, Sheldon (Shirley) Ittel of Silver Lake; sister, Colleen Ittel and special friend Kevin Tracy of Watertown; sister-in-law, Kathleen Hilk of Lester Prairie, and LaVonne Stock of Winsted.

A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany, with interment at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetary. Visitation took place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at church.

The casket bearers were Doug’s nephews, Brian Ittel, Brad Ittel, Lonnie Lachermeier, Lanny Lachermeier, Brian Hilk, Troy Goede, and Ryan Hedtke.

A special thank you to Glesener’s Assisted Living for the kind, compassionate care they gave Doug, all these years. Thank you always for keeping him happy and safe.

Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.

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