Wayne Howard Yentsch

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Wayne Howard Yentsch, 91, of Blooming Prairie, died Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.

He was born April 1, 1923, in rural Blooming Prairie, the son of Albert F. and Emma T. (Lee) Yentsch. He attended school in Blooming Prairie, graduating from Blooming Prairie High School in 1943. He was united in marriage to Benita Kruckeberg on Jan. 28, 1944, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Havana Township. They celebrated 70 years together. Soon after their marriage, they purchased a farm in Ripley Township, Dodge County, where they raised their family and farmed for 56 years. In 2000, they moved into Blooming Prairie.

Wayne followed in his father's footsteps and was a member of the Claremont Farmer's Fire Insurance Agency. He was proud to have served for 35 years and went from being a board member to becoming president, retiring in 2013. He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, as well as being a member of the Lions Club, Elks Club of Owatonna and served on the township board and soil conservation board. Farming was his life, but he also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He really enjoyed anything chocolate, a good joke and a good laugh with his family and friends. He loved to watch sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
Survivors include his wife, Benita Yentsch of Blooming Prairie; seven children, Sandra (Ronald) Musolf of Kasson, Sonja Radel of Owatonna, Susanne Benson of Hastings, Spencer Yentsch of Spearfish, S.D., Steven (Jill) Yentsch and Scott (Sue) Yentsch, all of Owatonna and Stuart (Brenda) Yentsch of Blooming Prairie; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and another due any day. He is also survived by one brother, Donald (Elayne) Yentsch of Blooming Prairie; a sister, Marion Kruckeberg of College Station, Texas; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ernest; son-in-law, Kenneth Radel; nephew, Dennis Yentsch; brother-in-law, Milton Kruckeberg and a sister-in-law, Donna Yentsch.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with the Rev. Charlie Leonard and the Rev. Heidi Heimgartner, officiating. Inurnment will follow the service in the Blooming Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Worlein - Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at worlein.com.

Memorials should be directed to Homestead Hospice House, First Lutheran Church, Prairie Manor Nursing Home or to the donor's choice.

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Blooming Prairie Funeral Home
418 Hwy Ave S Blooming Prairie, MN 55917
(507) 583-7561
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Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 14, 2014
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