Ralph Pruter -- Lake City

Ralph Elmer Pruter, age 63, of Lake City, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake City Hospital.

He was born July 2, 1954, in Lake City, to Arnold and Margaret (Niemann) Pruter. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City. In 1980, he married Teri Bauer, and they later divorced. On June 3, 2017, Ralph married Mary O’Brien.

He enjoyed restoring and working on tractors with Steven Pruter and his building projects with his friend, Mike Russell. Ralph’s true passion was farming and taking care of his animals and crops. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lake Township Chairman, and the Wabasha County Cattleman Association.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary O’Brien of Lake City; five stepchildren, Sean (Cindy) O’Brien of Plymouth, Kristine O’Brien of Christ Church, New Zealand, Steven O’Brien of Omaha, Neb., Jason (Lisa) Bauer of Lake City, and Shawn (Ruth) Bauer of Lake City; favorite nephew, Steven Pruter of Cokato, Minn.; sister, Joyce (Joe) Burke of Lake City; brother, Eugene (Luena) Pruter of Winona; as well as three nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Margaret Pruter; brother, John Pruter; and one niece.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Nathan Cordes officiating. Burial will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel in Lake City and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

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