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Lyle Russell Ufer

Lyle Russell Ufer, 88, of rural Truman, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont.

He was born May 25, 1921 to Paul and Lena (Zeimer ) Ufer on a farm in Lake Fremont Township, near Dunnell. He was baptized into the Christian faith at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dunnell. He later moved to Fairmont, then to Enderlin, N.D. for a short time until moving back to Fairmont. He received his education in Fairmont Schools. He confirmed his Christian faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont. The family then moved to Waverly Township.

On Nov. 1, 1941 he married Gladys Lucille Drager at Waverly Lutheran Church. They operated the family farm and raised six children there. Lyle remained active in Waverly Church as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, council member, and served on various projects.

He was an active 4-H leader, member of Farm Bureau, Sertoma, Toastmasters, and an accomplished square dancer. They built their retirement home in 1981.

He is survived by five children: Ardel (Chuck) Stiles, of Willmar, Karen (Roger) Lueth, of Park Rapids, Ellen (Art) Gieseke, of Litchfield, Mark (Julie), of Truman, and Jay (Carolyn), of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 15, 2005; a son, Robert; brothers, Roland and Gordon; a sister, Luella Zehms; and other relatives.

Funeral service: Tuesday, June 23 at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont with Rev. Nancy Linn officiating.

Interment: Waverly Lutheran Cemetery in rural Trimont.

In lieu of flowers memorials be given to the Lakeview Campus 610 Summit Drive, Fairmont, MN 56031.

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