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Virgil O. Slinde — Rose Creek

ROSE CREEK — The funeral for Virgil O. Slinde will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church in rural Lyle, with the Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Interment will be in Six Mile Grove Lutheran Cemetery, rural Lyle.

Mr. Slinde, 72, of Rose Creek, died Thursday (Dec. 20, 2007) at Adams Health Care Center.

He was born June 9, 1935, in Adams. He married Mary Lou Huartson on June 20, 1953, at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church. In his early years, Mr. Slinde was self-employed as a timber contractor and land clearer and later as a septic system designer and installer. He also plowed snow in Nevada Township, Mower County, for many years.

A lifelong member of Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, he was active in church affairs, served on the church council, was treasurer of Six Mile Grove Cemetery Association, and was a member of Lutheran Brotherhood. He was a charter member and held all offices of the Line Riders Saddle Club; was a coach for the 4-H horse judging team; was a member of the Southeast Minnesota Pony Express Riders for Courage, SEMSCA and WSCA; and enjoyed other horse-related activities. An avid gun collector and hunter, he thoroughly enjoyed taking his family fishing.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Joanne (Michael) Pumphrey of Russellville, Ark., and Linda (David) Williamson of Adams; two sons, Virgil II (Sara) of South St. Paul and David (Chrystal) of Lyle; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son and three brothers.

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Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin, and an hour before the service Sunday at the church.

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