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Manley M. Bratsch, 89, of New Ulm

Manley M. Bratsch, 89, of New Ulm, formerly of Gaylord, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Ridgeway on 23rd in New Ulm.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm with the Rev. Tim Anderson officiating. Interment followed the service in the Gaylord Municipal Cemetery.
Manley Maynard Bratsch, the son of Maynard and Johanna (Shubert) Bratsch, was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Danube. He attended District 72 country school, and was confirmed in 1940 at Clear Lake Lutheran Church in Gibbon.
He was united in marriage to Doris Lenhart on Nov. 7, 1947, in Storm Lake, Iowa. The couple made their home in Gaylord, where Mr. Bratsch owned and operated his trucking and snow removal business for many years. In 1984, he sold the business and he and his wife moved to North Port, Fla., where he worked for a nursery and later as a house painter. In 1998, they returned to Minnesota to be closer to family.
Mr. Bratsch enjoyed helping family members with various projects, spending time with family, and woodworking.
He was a member  of Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Ulm. He served as an usher and on committees and councils at the churches they belonged to in Minnesota and Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Bratsch of New Ulm; daughters, Irene (Jim) Flatau and Kay (Mike) Rewitzer, both of New Ulm; sons, Norman (Pam) Bratsch of Gaylord and Everett (Jan) Bratsch of Glencoe; grandchildren, Gary (Beth) Flatau of Appleton, Wis., Amy (Ken) Mueller of Norwood Young America, Aaron (Anne) Flatau of Mankato, Jason (Danielle) Rewitzer of New Ulm, Heather (Alex) Saffert of New Ulm and Kyle Rewitzer (fiancée Jessica Peittersen) of New Ulm, Tim (Cassandra) Bratsch of Arlington, Carl Bratsch of Gaylord, Jacob Bratsch of Bismarck, N.D., Derek Bratsch of Mankato and Brody Bratsch of Mankato; great-grandchildren, Grace and Emily Flatau, Christopher and Samantha Mueller, Zachary, Carter and Katelyn Flatau, Nolin, Nathan and Isaac Saffert and Landon Bratsch and Trenton Bratsch; brother, Raymond (Barbara) Bratsch of Gaylord; brother-in-law, Everett (Phyllis) Lenhart of Hartley, Iowa; sister-in-law, Audrey Stern (special friend Harland Berguem) of Babbit; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Eunice Ruthy Bratsch in infancy; and other relatives.
Arrangements were with the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm.