S. Lynn DeBoer, 85, Stewartville

Published 4:42 pm Saturday, February 23, 2013

S. Lynn DeBoer, 85, of Stewartville, Minn., died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, of natural causes at his home.

Lynn DeBoer

Lynn DeBoer

Lynn was born on March 1, 1927, in Dexter, Minn., to Henry “Hank” and Helen (Bryza) DeBoer. He grew up on the family farm in Dexter, Minn., and attended rural schools. Lynn was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army for two years. Lynn was married on Oct. 19, 1947, in Grand Meadow, Minn., to Ruth O. Gilbert. They lived in Grand Meadow before moving to Austin, Minn.; Spring Valley, Minn.; Reedsburg, Wis.; and settling in Stewartville, Minn., following his retirement in 1990. Lynn was a buttermaker and supervisor/engineer for Wisconsin Dairies, now known as Foremost Farms USA until he retired in 1990.

Lynn was married to Ruth for 49 years. Ruth DeBoer died on Feb. 22, 1996. He married Angeline Gilbert Buschmann on Jan. 10, 1998. They were married for 13 years. Angeline died on Feb. 28, 2011.

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Lynn was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling and gardening.

Lynn is survived by his daughter, Mary (Robert) Howard of rural Stewartvill; son Thomas (Kathy) of Rochester, Minn.; three grandchildren Laurie, Susan, and Jennifer; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola Stahl of Austin; two step-daughters, Sandra (Richard) Schwartz of Atlanta, Ga., and Carol (Paul Widergren) Gratton of Harrison, Ark.; five step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wives, Ruth and Angeline; his parents; two sisters and four brothers.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Stewartville with the Rev. Wane Souhrada officiating. Burial will follow at Dexter Cemetery in Dexter.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday morning. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.