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Floyd Joseph Funk

Floyd Joseph Funk, 86, of the Menahga-Park Rapids area, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.

He was born Jan. 7, 1923 to Charlie and Henrietta (Bliefield) Funk on his parent's farm near Nimrod. He attended country school near his home. As a young man, he helped his parents run their dairy farm and also ran a trap line.

In 1960, he ventured west to Montana where he worked at several large industrial sawmills. He also spent some time timber jacking in the Rocky Mountains. While in Montana, Floyd met Katherine Ellen Vinton and they were married April 25, 1963. They had one son. The couple made their home in Montana until 1968 when they returned to Minnesota and purchased a farm near Staples. They raised dairy heifers and beef cattle. He also worked in the woods logging and tree planting for the State of Minnesota.

In 1996, he moved with his family to a farm northwest of Menahga. For many years he was an active member of the Northern Lights Saddle Club.

He is survived by his wife; his son, Fred, of Park Rapids; a sister, Katherine Balin, of Brookfield, Ill.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Fredrick Carl and Ervin Henry; and a sister, Edith Sanders.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Cardini-Pearson Funeral Home in Menahga with Rev. Loren Ferch officiating.

Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 3 at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.