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Marlin H. Ihle, 56

Apr 7, 2008

Blue Earth — Marlin H. Ihle, age 56, of Blue Earth, died March 27, 2008, at his home with his family at his side. Funeral services were held March 31, 2008, at Shiloh Lutheran Church in Elmore, with Rev. Robert Roettger officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Elmore. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Marlin was born Dec. 16, 1951, in Blue Earth, the son of Harold and Marjorie (Heldt) Ihle. He was raised and educated in the Pilot Grove area where he was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church in Pilot Grove. He was a 1969 graduate of East Chain High School, where he played football, basketball and ran track. He attended Technical College in Mankato where he earned a degree in mechanics. He was married to Wanda Espeland in 1981 and was later married to Barb Martz in 1993. He worked as a welder at Tafco for a couple of years before living in Jackson where he was a truck driver for AgChem for several years. He was later a greenskeeper at The Landing golf club in WarnerRobins, Ga. and then worked in the Twin Cities for a short time before returning to the Blue Earth area in the late 1990’s. In Blue Earth, he drove for Alfson Trucking and was later an independent truck driver for several years. He also enjoyed farming on the Drake farm near Elmore. Marlin enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, being outdoors and driving around the countryside looking at the wildlife. He especially enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

Marlin is survived by his mother, Marge Ihle-Bengston of Blue Earth, son, James Harold Ihle of Blue Earth, daughter, Amy C. Ihle of Blue Earth, brothers, Lyle Ihle of Minnesota Lake and Dennis (Kathy) Ihle of St. Paul, sisters, Diane (Brian) Frey of Athol, Mass., and Dee Dee (Allan) Hummel of Delano, grandchildren, Heaven, Madison, Cole and Annika, nieces, Heidi, Angie, Amber, Denise and Dani and nephews, Jared, Jesse, Jonathan and David.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold S. Ihle, step-father, George Bengtson and several aunts and uncles.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com