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Milton Paul Uecker, 91, of Gaylord

Milton Uecker, 91, of Gaylord, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in Gaylord.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, Dryden Township, Sibley County. The Rev. Harold Storm officiated. Debbie Forstner was the organist, and soloist Curt Kahle sang “O Holy Night.” LeAnn Lendt was the cross bearer. Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Silent Night.”
Honorary pallbearers were Justin Uecker, Erin Uecker, Allen Hoppe and Brenda Sharp. Pallbearers were Paul Uecker, Rodney Uecker, Larry Uecker, Dan Uecker, Randy Hoppe and John Uecker. Interment was in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Milton Paul Uecker was born June 15, 1923, in Dryden Township, Sibley County, the son of Henry and Anna (Beich) Uecker. He was baptized as an infant on July 8, 1923, at his parents’ home by the Rev. Gustave J. Mueller. He was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 21, 1937, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville. He received his education at St. John’s Parochial School and District 18, both in Dryden Township, Sibley County.
On June 1, 1947, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hoppe at St. John’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. E.K. Hartenberger. He worked on the farm until 1948, when he was employed by John Wagner in construction. In 1949, he joined Matz and Pinske Construction in Arlington, and became a block and brick layer. Later he worked for Trocke Construction in Arlington. He retired in 1983 after hip replacement surgery.
Milton and Ruth Uecker lived in Dryden Township until 1989, when they moved to Glencoe. They later moved back to Gaylord. They were blessed with two sons, and shared 67 years of marriage.
Mr. Uecker was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mountville, and served in various positions of the church council. He also was a member of the Pioneer Senior Citizens in New Auburn and the Glencoe Seniors.
He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, bowling, playing cards and watching sports on TV, especially the Twins. He loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Uecker of Gaylord; grandson, Justin (Erin) Uecker of Mayer; brother, Milo (Jackie) Uecker of Bird Island; sister-in-law, Bernette Uecker of Green Isle; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna Uecker; sons, Ronald Uecker and David Uecker; and brothers, Orville, Rueben, Wallace, Leroy and Henry Jr.
Arrangements were with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.