Gilbert D. Tews

Gilbert D. Tews

NEW ULM — Gilbert D. Tews, age 89, of New Ulm, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Oak Hills Living Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Pastor Nathan Scharf will officiate, and burial will follow in the Soldiers Rest Section of the New Ulm City Cemetery, where the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide military honors.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church on Thursday.

To leave an online condolence for his family, or to sign the guestbook, go to www.mvfh.org

Gilbert is survived by his wife, Chiyo Tews of New Ulm; a daughter, Christine (Norman) Lentz of Apple Valley; a son, David Tews of St. Paul; grandchildren, Capt. Gregory (Jennifer) Lentz of Columbus, GA, Alexandra Lentz of Minneapolis, and Megan Lentz of Rochester; and great-grandchildren, Adeline, Arden, and Avery.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna (Quade) Tews; sisters, Olinda Wieland and Phyllis (Neidecker) Cardenuto; and brother, Lowell Tews.

Gilbert D. Tews was born on December 26, 1927 in Springfield, to Alfred & Anna (Quade) Tews. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1953. While stationed in Japan, Gilbert met the love of his life, Chiyo Takahashi. After their marriage in Japan, Gilbert and Chiyo returned to New Ulm to raise a family.

He was one of the first 10 employees at Kraft Foods in New Ulm, where he worked for 34 years until his retirement in 1990.

His love of trees and farmer’s soul led him to start Tews Nursery. He leaves a legacy in the many trees in the New Ulm area that he sold, many of which he planted with his own hands.

For over 45 years, he was a volunteer weather observer for the National Weather Service, monitoring the water levels of the Cottonwood River at the old mill dam when there was a threat of flooding.

He was a gentle soul who will be greatly missed.