Obituary for Earl J. Buetow

Earl J. Buetow, age 90, of Carver, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at his home in Carver.

Funeral Service Tuesday, June 18 at 12 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Twp., Cologne; visitation Monday June 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday; chapel service 7:30 p.m. Monday evening; interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Casket Bearers Brian Buetow, Christopher Buetow, Jacob Buetow, Dylan Bingham, Colin Bingham, James Reimer.

Earl James Buetow was born on October 5, 1928 on the family farm in rural Cologne to Raymond and Ida (Gruenhagen) Buetow. He was baptized into Christ on October 21, 1928 by Pastor Amend. Earl confirmed his faith in the Lord at Zion Lutheran Church in Cologne by Pastor Amend. Earl completed 8th grade at Zion Lutheran School in Cologne and then worked on the family farm. After his father’s untimely death, Earl and his brother Ralph took over the family farm.

Earl married the love of his life, Inez Urness of Minneapolis on June 3, 1961. They were blessed with four children all while continuing to flourish on the family farm until their son, Gerald, and nephew, Steven, took over the majority of the operations. Earl served on the Mid-County board, and was also active in church where he served six years as trustee and six years as elder. Earl continued to help on the farm until his body wouldn’t let him, but he still continued to offer his words of wisdom and support.

Earl enjoyed many things including: Sunday church, polka music and dancing, playing sheephead, going on day trips with Inez, driving around, checking on the progress of the crops and stopping to visit with neighbors, family, and friends, watching Minnesota sports, his love for dogs, cats, and cows, daily farming updates over morning breakfast and family updates over Sunday suppers.

Earl was preceded in death by his grandsons, Andrew Kutzke and David Wood; parents, Raymond and Ida Buetow; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Carrie Urness; brother, Clayton Buetow; brother-in-law, Harold Sauter.

Earl is survived by his loving family: wife, Inez Buetow; children, Cheryl Wood of Glencoe, Gerald (Denise) Buetow of Cologne, Linda (Dale) Kutzke of Mayer, Ranee (Dave) Bingham of Carver; grandchildren, Tabitha Wood, Dawn Wood and special friend Terry Bateman, Brian Buetow and special friend Molly Hartman, Christopher (Jenna) Buetow, Jacob (Cara) Buetow, Jennifer (James) Reimer, Megan Bingham, Dylan Bingham, Colin Bingham; great-grandchildren, Summer, Jordyn, Devon, Austin, Emma, Olivia, Brooke, Chase, Gavin, Landon and Grace; sisters Bernette Sauter of Cologne, Viola (Clifford) Plekkenopol of Cologne; brother, Ralph (Carol) Buetow of Cologne; sister-in-law, Kathleen Urness, brother-in-law, Kenneth Hook; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

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