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Maynard A. Lawrence, 87

Mar 1, 2015

Willmar Maynard A. Lawrence, age 87, of Willmar, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the United Methodist Church in Willmar. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Winnebago. Military honors were provided by the Willmar American Legion Post.

Maynard A. Lawrence was born on Jan. 8, 1928, in Blue Earth, the son of Dean and Carrie Lawrence. He graduated from Blue Earth High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict. Maynard was united in marriage to Justine Oliver on June 25, 1953 in Winnebago.

In 1947, Maynard began his 63 year career in banking where he worked to ensure every customer was successful. In 1986, he fulfilled a dream by building their home on George Lake near Spicer and continued his career at the Concorde State Bank. He showed his love for people and community through his involvement with the United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Family Foundation and Decision Hills. Maynard was an active member of the Willmar Noon Lions Club and the Sharon Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Justine, of Willmar; three children, Joann (Keith) Freeburg, of Landrum, S.C., Deborah (Jeff) Hewitt, of Brooklyn Park, and Caroline Winget, of Plymouth; six grandchildren, Emily (Nathan) McCollin, of Mills River, N.C., Levi Freeburg, of Mills River, N. C., Marcia (Brian) Zappa, of Champlin, Reid Hewitt, of St. Louis Park, Andrea Winget, of Golden Valley, and Marshall Winget, of Plymouth; and three greatgrandchildren, Natalie, Katelyn and Brady. Also surviving is one brother, Ronald (Maxine) Lawrence, of Blue Earth, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Delmar and Virgil; and one son-in-law, David Winget in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be divided among the charities Maynard held dear. www.petersonbrothers.com