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John R. Gartzke, 74

Dec 13, 2015

Blue Earth John Rolland Gartzke, age 74, of Blue Earth, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, at a later date.

He was born Aug. 8, 1941, at Blue Earth, the son of Roland and Iona (Ahrens) Gartzke. He was baptized Sept. 7, 1941, and confirmed May 29, 1955 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1959. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force on October 12, 1959 and was discharged on Oct.11, 1963. Returning from active duty he moved to Watertown, Wisconsin and started Watertown Office Equipment, and served on the city council. In 2000 he worked in industrial maintenance until retiring in 2003. He and Jan Anderson moved to Blue Earth in 2004, and they were united in marriage on May 14, 2007. While in Blue Earth he served on the city council until his passing.

John and Jan enjoyed traveling in their motor home, watching football and basketball on TV especially the Green Bay Packers and second the Minnesota Vikings, Wisconsin Badgers, Minnesota Gophers, and spending hours on the internet.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Gartzke; daughters, Carla Walters, Nancee Bauman, and Susan Gartzke; son, Robert Gartzke; step-sons, Scott Landsee and Stephen Landsee, step-daughter, Sue (Landsee) Guerra; seven grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; one great-grandchild; aunt; nephews; cousins; and faithful labs, Kody and Katylynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Rhonda Lunning.

Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com