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Ivan Gesche, 91

May 22, 2010

Winnebago — Ivan Gesche, age 91, of Winnebago, formerly of Elmore, died May 16, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester.

Funeral Services were held May 19, 2010, at Patton Funeral Home in Blue Earth. The Rev. Tom Butler officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Ivan was born June 4, 1918, in Blue Earth, the son of Allen and Elvira (Gust) Gesche. He was raised and educated in the Elmore area where he was a 1936 graduate of Elmore High School. He earned his bachelors degree in history from McCallister College, in Minneapolis. He returned home to the farm northeast of Elmore and was soon married to Delna L. Schulz, on June 14, 1944, at rural Minnesota Lake. The couple farmed the family farm for many years before Ivan retired in 2003. Ivan was an avid reader, liked to dance and loved a good conversation with friends and family.

Ivan is survived by his wife, Delna Gesche, of Winnebago; sons, Paul (Rebecca) Gesche, of Blue Earth, and Greg (Mary) Gesche, of Merrill, Iowa; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wesley Gesche; and sister, Hazel Gesche-Weber.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com