Dean Finseth, 86, of Chatfield, died Sunday, Oct. 13

He and his twin brother, Dale, were born on July 13, 1927, to Ida and Justin Finseth of rural Fountain. He attended the one-room rural Bornass School near Fountain through the eighth grade.

As was not unusual at the time, his father wanted him home to help with farming until he enlisted in the Army at age 18. Together, he and his brother served overseas in Japan shortly after WWII for one-and-a-half years. Upon returning to Minnesota, he enrolled at Dunwoody Technical Institute to study heating and cooling systems.

The love of a good dance presented the opportunity for Dean to meet his dancing partner for life, Carol Holger. They married on March 7, 1954, at Chatfield Lutheran Church.

Together, with their three children, they operated a profitable, well-managed and tidy farm operation, seven miles southeast of Chatfield. He also owned and operated the Finseth Refrigeration and Dairy Equipment business in Fountain.

He enjoyed flying a single engine plane and co-founded the Fillmore County Flying Club. He built a pontoon boat for a family float on the Mississippi River. He played the accordion, enjoyed summer road trip vacations, traveled to six continents and built a backyard solar panel heating and heat recovery system. He also enjoyed spending time with his beloved feline buddy, Sammy.

He was a member of the Lion's Club, was baptized at home near Root Prairie Lutheran Church and was a longtime member of Chatfield Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 59 years; sons, Chris (Lynnae) and Jon (Jean); a daughter, Karen (David Parks); grandchildren, Tor, Lisbet and Kaylee; brothers, Arnold (Elizabeth) of Medesto, Calif., Dale (Beverly) of Fountain, Orvis of Chatfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at Chatfield Lutheran Church, followed by interment at the Chatfield Cemetery.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to Chatfield Lutheran Church or the Chosen Valley Care Center.