Warren Deters, 83, of Eitzen
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 6:17 AM
Warren Everett Deters, 83, of Eitzen died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center in Spring Grove.
He was born Aug. 5, 1928, in La Crosse, Wis., to Herbert and Elfrieda (Vollbrecht) Deters of Eitzen. He attended Eitzen Elementary School, graduated from Caledonia High School in 1945, and also from the Ag School of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, in 1947. He served in the Army in Korea from 1950 until 1952.
Warren met Marilyn Uhl of Cedar Falls, Iowa, at Matter's Ballroom in rural Decorah, Iowa, and they were married on Dec. 17, 1960, in St. Paul.
Warren grew up working with his father, and he later became a partner with his brother, Garnett, at Deters Implement in Eitzen, first selling John Deere and then Allis Chalmers farm equipment, as well as other new and used farm equipment. They sold their dealership to Hammell Equipment in 1998.
Warren always enjoyed calling upon and visiting with their customers, and in retirement, he kept active riding his bicycle on area trails, enjoying the Mississippi River, visiting with neighbors and friends, and giving tours of his collection of antique farm machinery.
Over the years, Warren served as state president of Rural Youth, as a member of the Eitzen Fire Department, as mayor of Eitzen, on the board of the Eitzen State Bank, and as chairman of the Minnesota Farm Equipment Association.
He was a life-long member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Eitzen.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Dan Kruse of Minneapolis; a son and daughter-in-law, Marshall Deters and Michelle Carstensen of North Branch, Minn.; a sister, Rosalie Davis of Glen Carbon, Ill.; a brother, Garnett (Sandra) Deters of Eitzen; a brother-in-law, Clark (Ann) Uhl of Cedar Falls, Iowa; nephews, Nathan (Danette) Deters of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Graham (Kristine) Deters of Mendota Heights, Minn.; and nieces, Carolyn (Melvin) Crawford of Amana, Iowa and Susanne (Scott) Borwig of Polk City, Iowa.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were April 2 at St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Eitzen, with the Rev. Kent A. Meyer, Ph.D., officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with flag presentation by the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard.
The Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.jandtfredrickson.com.