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Russell D. Hornke, 92

Jul 23, 2021

Blue Earth – Russ Hornke, age 92, of Blue Earth, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Dr. Jeanette Bidne officiated. Visitation was one hour before the service. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.

Russell Duane was born March 18, 1929 to Frank and Bertha (Weise) Hornke at the family farm near Blue Earth. He enjoyed growing up and working on his parents’ farm before joining the Army in 1954. After serving his country proudly for two years, he returned to marry the love of his life, Lois Stensland. Together they raised three children and farmed outside of Blue Earth. Lois passed away in 2008.

Russ was a kind, generous and outgoing man. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing trips up North, and doing just about anything outdoors. He could often be found at the fence line chatting it up with a neighbor. While he appreciated the simpler things in life, he was always there to lend a hand, whether it was helping Lois put her cakes together or helping with the Trinity food stand at the county fair. He was also employed at Arends sale yard for many years as well as being a long-time member of the American Legion.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Deb (Jeff) Germer, of Rochester, Kayla (Michael Brooks) Erdmann, of Kasson and Ray Hornke, of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Ryan Erdmann, Brady (fiancé Jessica Kelley) Erdmann and Sarah Germer; sister, Irene (Skip) Meyers; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stensland and Marilyn Stensland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; sister, Delores Farrow; brother, Donald Hornke; sisters-in-law, Marvis and Jean Stensland; and brothers-in-law, Dave Farrow, Orville, George, Donald and Ronald Stensland.