ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Ernest Baedke, 85, of Terril will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor David Doellinger officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Terril.
He died Friday, May 11, 2012.
Ernest Leroy Baedke was born on Sept 7, 1926, the son of Fred Adolph Baedke and Anna Marie (Rierson) Baedke. He was raised in Terril, graduating in a class of 14 from Terril High School in 1944. He joined the US Army in 1944, and served during World War II in the Pacific with the 24th Infantry Division in the Philippines, and during the occupation of Tokyo, Japan.
After returning home, he married Marilyn Margaret Maas on May 29, 1949, in Terril. It was the first wedding in the new Immanuel Lutheran Church. They made their home on a farm outside of Terril in 1953. There he farmed and helped raise their five children. The next 44 years he enjoyed working the fields, growing corn and soybeans, and raising cattle, chickens and hogs. Ernest retired from farming in 1997.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He enjoyed meeting friends for coffee and playing cards at the Elevator in Terril and Milford, at Buy-Rite in Milford and Hy-Vee in Estherville. He loved working outside, mowing and tinkering on his farm. He loved everything about his family, and enjoyed the July 4th picnics, holiday dinners and any other visits by them, and especially seeing the grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Anna Baedke; two brothers, Arnold and Lyle Baedke; his sister Vera (Baedke) Janssen; and his beloved wife, Marilyn, in February of this year.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Anita Plucker and her husband, Mark, of Terril; Evan Baedke of Spirit Lake; Julie Miller and her husband, Michael, of Arnolds Park; Linda Jennings and her husband, John, of Spirit Lake; and Neal Baedke and his wife, Deb, of West Des Moines. Also surviving are his brother, Harvey Baedke, of Terril; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other dear relatives and friends.
Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com