Karl Klaus Tombarge, 93, of Red Wing, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Red Wing Health Center.
He was born March 25, 1920, in Chester, to Klaus and Anne (Grabow) Tombarge. His family moved to Daisy, N.D., when he was a young boy, and he attended schools there. He was united in marriage to Jane Staehli on June 20, 1940. From December of 1944 until September of 1946, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II
. He and Jane lived in Lake City for eight years before moving to the Burnside area in Red Wing. Karl was employed with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 34 years, retiring in 1982. For the past five years, he has resided at Deer Crest in Red Wing.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54, and the Redmen Club. Karl's pastimes included playing horseshoes — he was a "ringer" and had won many trophies throughout the years; woodworking, gardening and dancing. Most of all, Karl enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Jane; three daughters, Mary Linder of Red Wing, Mavis Naseth of Lake Elmo and Karen (Dale) Fabian of St. Charles; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; seven great-great-great-grandchildren; and special family friends, Lois Sommerfield and her daughter, Kitty.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, six sisters and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Greg Strunk officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Burnside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel in Red Wing, with a Legion prayer service at 5 p.m. Visitation will also be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Condolences may be sent to the family at mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com