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Marlin W. Rechtzigel

Marlin W.


Marlin W. Rechtzigel, age 90 formerly of Rosemount, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, November 7, 2017, at Providence Place Senior Living in Minneapolis.

Marlin William, the son of William and Bertha (Brueder) Rechtzigel, was born on April 26, 1927, in Hastings. Following his graduation from South St. Paul High School with the class of 1944, Marlin began his life-long dairy farming career. He was united in marriage to JoAnn Carey on March 7, 1953, at Como Congregational Church in Minneapolis, prior to being drafted on September 21, 1954 into the United States Army during the Korean War. Marlin later received an honorable discharge on July 11, 1956, and returned to the farm that he built himself.

Marlin was introduced to sailing by a classmate of JoAnn's, which grew into a lifelong hobby and dream. Marlin constructed a forty-two foot sail boat from scratch, and had the opportunity to sail down the Mississippi multiple times. Marlin was also instrumental in building St. John's ~ Rich Valley and remained a dedicated member. He was a very resourceful man, and always enjoyed finding a way to reuse whatever he could find. Marlin also had a love for the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his younger years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister, Marcella Lewis.

Marlin is survived by his wife of 64 years, JoAnn; his children, Cindy (Loyd) Stroup, Susan (Ron) Otten, and Carey (Leslie) Rechtzigel; his grandchildren, Jolyn Brack, Mathias Rechtzigel, Garrit Otten, and Gretja Otten; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017, at St. John's ~ Rich Valley of Rosemount, with Pastor Christopher Horton officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210 will be held at the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hastings, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday morning.

In lieu of flowers, Marlin requested memorials be directed to Camp Omega in Waterville in his memory.

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Arrangements are being completed by Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Hastings.