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Lyle M.C. Roepke, 82, of Hutchinson

Lyle Marlin Carl Roepke, 82, of Hutchinson, formerly of Stewart, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando, rural Stewart, with the Rev. Aaron Albrecht officiating. Wanda Renner was the organist. Soloist Chuck Thiel sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” Congregational hymns were “Beautiful Savior” and “Amazing Grace.” Military honors were by the Stewart American Legion Post 125 Honor Guard.
Pallbearers were Aaron Roepke, Kyle Roepke, Matthew Roepke, Cory Ruschmeyer, Gabriel Roepke, Scott Roepke and Jeff Roepke. Interment was in the St. Matthew’s Lutheran  Cemetery in Fernando.
Lyle Marlin Carl Roepke was born Sept. 11, 1932, in Round Grove Township, McLeod County. He was the son of Ervin and Clara (Kuehn) Roepke. He was baptized as an infant at the family home and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1946, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. He was educated at country School District 37 in rural Stewart.
He entered active military service in the U.S. Army on Jan. 9, 1953, in Minneapolis, and served his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 8, 1955, at Camp Hanford, Wash.
On June 5, 1958, he was united in marriage to Norine Ruschmeyer at First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. A.H. Fellwock. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Randy, Brian and Rick. The family resided on the family farm in rural Fernando, and moved to Hutchinson in 2007. They shared 56 years of marriage.
Mr. Roepke farmed for 38 years. He also hauled milk for the Round Grove Creamery for some years and served on the creamery board. After retiring from farming in 1996, he worked part time for the Buffalo Lake Elevator and also graded township roads. He was a lifetime member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando, rural Stewart, and  also was a member of the Stewart American Legion Post 125.
He enjoyed playing cards and listening to old-time music. He played the drums for the Fernando Dutchmen band for over 20 years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
When he needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Burns Manor Nursing Home in Hutchinson  in 2008, and later a resident of Harmony River Living Center.
He is survived by his wife, Norine Roepke of Hutchinson; sons, Randy (Deb) Roepke of Hutchinson, Brian (Jody) Roepke of Hutchinson and Rick (Kristin) Roepke of Silver Lake; grandchildren, Aaron (Alicia) Roepke, Kyle (Shawna) Roepke, Matthew Roepke, Nicole Roepke, Gabriel Roepke, Maren Roepke and Luke Roepke; great-grandchildren, Wesley and Calvin Roepke; brother, Charles (Marlene) Roepke of Winthrop; sister, Valeria Uecker of Brownton; sister-in-law, Rita Roepke of Brownton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Clara Roepke; brothers, Lloyd Roepke and Walter Roepke; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Loretta Ruschmeyer.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.