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    Mt. Lake, MN 56159
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    Fred Junker
    Fred Junker, 82, of Mt. Lake died Aug. 15, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
    Funeral services were Tuesday at Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake with Pastors Kevin Walzak and Dennis Siebert officiating.
    Burial, with full military honors, was at Mt. Lake City Cemetery in Mt. Lake.
    Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at
    Fred Ben Junker was born Aug. 19, 1931, to Ben Fred and Margaret (Korfe) Junker. He attended District 181 school in Comfrey.
    At age 12, Fred accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at Fall Gospel Tabernacle in Delton Township and dedicated his life to serving the Lord. He loved the word of God, reading it daily and spending time in prayer.
    Fred farmed all his life, except for two years when he was drafted into the armed forces beginning in 1952. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., where he served in a training unit, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was discharged in 1954.
    That same year, Fred married Joan Jensen of Mt. Lake and they became parents of five children. He continued farming and took three years of Veterans Ag Education programs.
    After retiring from farming, Fred worked as a substitute teacher's aide at the Pace School and Mt. Lake Public School. He also served as a conservator or guardian to several Cottonwood County men, was a Gideon and Legion member, served as a 4-H leader for five years and was a driver for the RSVP program.
    He was a member of Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake, serving as Sunday School teacher, elder and usher and on the board of administration and other committees.
    In his community, Fred served as an elevator board member for 13 years and on the Farm Service Agency for 21 years.
    Fred loved children. He and Joan were foster parents for 35 years to over 100 children.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy; and a grandson, Nathan.
    Survivors include his wife, Joan Junker; children: Rev. Randy (Deb) Junker of Grand Rapids; Charlotte (Bryce) Ray of Palmer, Ark.; Rodney (Bonnie) Junker and Colleen (Doug) Johnson, all of Mt. Lake; and Bradley Junker of Wyoming, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four brothers and their wives; and two sisters and their husbands.

    Kevin Loewen

    Kevin Loewen, 45, of Minneapolis, formerly of Mt. Lake, died July 23, 2014, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
    Memorial services were held Monday at Alliance Missionary Church in Mt. Lake.
    Sturm Funeral Home of Mt. Lake handled the funeral arrangements.
    Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.
    Kevin Jon Loewen was born Oct. 10, 1968, to Jon L. and Diane R. (Decker) Loewen.
    As a child growing up, Kevin had many challenges to face due to physical limitations, but he was almost always smiling.
    He was happiest spending time on the farm with his Grandpa and Grandma Decker and his uncle Alan.
    Kevin loved to meet new people and was ready with a joke or two to share with those he called friends.
    He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents and uncle.
    Survivors include his mother, Diane Loewen, of Goessel, Kan.; sisters Kari (Tom) Duncan of Mt. Lake, Darliss Simpson of Mattapoisette, Mass., Sharleen (Russ) Francis of Goessel, Kan.; brother Brent (Cassy) Loewen of Butterfield; and his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunt, uncle and many friends.

    LaVerne Fast
    LaVerne Fast, 74, of Austin. Texas, formerly of Mt. Lake, died July 19, 2014, in Austin, Texas.
    A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Service of Lake Travis, Texas, handled funeral arrangements. LaVerne Gaylord Fast was born in Mt. Lake, to Theodore and Hulda (Wall) Fast.
    He is survived by his wife Ruth Fast (daughter of Peter D. and Sue L. (Harder) Eitzen), of Austin, Texas; son Randy
    of New York City; daughter Stephanie of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren; and sister Delores Moon of Simi, Calif.

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