Blue Earth Lester Carl Paschke, age 91, of Blue Earth, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, with Janet Crissinger-Clark officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, in Blue Earth, and one hour before the service at the church.
He was born Dec. 21, 1922, at Ogilvie, the son of Fred and Emma (Wehsener) Paschke. The family moved to the Blue Earth area where they rented several farms, before settling southwest of Blue Earth area on the River Road farm. Lester grew up there attending country school through the 6th grade. He then attended the Blue Earth School graduating in 1940. He went on to the School of Agriculture in St. Paul graduating in 1942. He farmed with his father until enlisting in the United States Navy on Jan. 12, 1945, until July 8, 1946. On Sept. 28, 1946, he married Eulah Stover. Together they farmed on the River Road farm until 1950 when they moved to the Delavan area. They continued to farm until 1988 when they retired to Blue Earth.
Lester was involved in many activities while on the farm and during retirement. He was a 4-H leader, on the Faribault County Fair Board for 40 years, Farm Bureau, Minnesota Crop Producers, and Minnesota Cattlemen's Association. He showed cattle and hogs at many fairs and shows in the area. During his retirement he belonged to the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, and volunteered in many activities. He was a life member of Salem United Methodist Church, now Hope United Methodist Church, holding many positions at local and state levels.
He is survived by his children, Leslie Jose, of Malvern, Pa., Charles (Katherine) Paschke, of Arvada, Colo., and Joyce (David) Jose, of North Oaks; brother, Richard Paschke, of Blue Earth; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eulah, in 2013; parents; brother, Orval Paschke; and sisters, Verna Paschke and Alice Turbiville.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com