BLUE EARTH - Lester Carl Paschke, age 91, of Blue Earth, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth, with Janet Crissinger-Clark, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., in Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
He was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Ogilvie, Minn., the son of Fred and Emma (Wehsener) Paschke. The family moved to the Blue Earth area where they rented several farms, before settling southwest of Blue Earth on the River Road farm. Lester grew up there attending country school through the sixth grade. He then attended the Blue Earth School graduating in 1940. He went on to the School of Agriculture in St. Paul, graduating in 1942. He farmed with his father until enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving from Jan. 12, 1945, until July 8, 1946. On Sept. 28, 1946, he married Eulah Stover. Together they farmed on the River Road farm until 1950, when they moved to the Delavan area. They continued to farm until 1988, when they retired to Blue Earth. Lester was involved in many activities while on the farm and during retirement. He was a 4-H leader, on the Faribault County Fair Board for 40 years, Farm Bureau, Minnesota Crop Producers and Minnesota Cattlemen's Association. He showed cattle and hogs at many fairs and shows in the area. During retirement, he belonged to the Blue Earth Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, and volunteered in many activities. He was a life member of Salem United Methodist Church, now Hope United Methodist Church, holding many positions at local and state levels.
He is survived by his daughter, Leslie Jose of Malvern, Pa; son, Charles (Katherine) Paschke of Arvada, Colo.; daughter, Joyce (David) Jose of North Oaks, Minn.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard Paschke of Blue Earth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eulah, in 2013; parents; brother, Orval Paschke; and sisters, Verna Paschke and Alice Turbiville.