Walter E. Pehling

NEW ULM — Walter E. Pehling, age 93, of New Ulm, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Ridgeway on German in New Ulm.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland with Pastor Wayne Bernau officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the Nicollet American Legion Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Walter was born to Theodore and Bertha (Ott) Pehling on June 28, 1923. He grew up on a dairy farm along the south shore of Swan Lake in Nicollet County with his siblings; Marvin (Edith), Raymond, Elmer ‘Butch’ (Eleanor), Inez (Wilbert Hermel), Leonard (Wilma). He attended Immanuel Lutheran School and Nicollet High School. He served in the army as a medic in Italy at the end of WW ll.

In 1948 Walter met and married Mary Thompson of Essig. They raised Brown Swiss dairy cattle on his farm and he was convinced that the cows produced more milk when they were listening to polkas and waltzes on KNUJ. Walter and Butch worked together for many years helping each other with their field work. He enjoyed being outside working his fields with his John Deere equipment and taking care of his cattle. He and Mary liked to play cards with family and friends, a favorite game being Sheephead. In his younger year’s he was an avid duck and pheasant hunter and enjoyed trapping muskrats.

In 1988 he retired from farming and moved to Dassel. In his later year’s he enjoyed fishing with Mary and watching the birds, animals and sunsets from his home on Lake Washington, as well as watching the Twins and the Vikings

Walter and Mary had five children; Gary (Cindy), Ross, Randy (Paulette), Ann (Tim Egan), and Keith (Tami).

Walter was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary, on June 16, 2006. He is survived by his sister, Inez Hermel, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Walter was a kind, gentle soul that was loved by many; especially his family.


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