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Eugene Athmann, 69, Spring Hill
Eugene E. "Gene/Hippie" Athmann, 69, of Spring Hill died on Monday, July 9, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 12, at St. MichaelŐs Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Eugene Edwin Athmann was born on Oct. 21, 1942, to Aloys and Nelle (Winter) Athmann in Richmond.

On Aug. 29, 1964, he married Carol Ann Imdieke at St AndrewŐs Catholic Church in Greenwald.

In 1964, Gene started his own business, Athmann Plumbing, and retired in March 2005.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Athmann of Spring Hill; sons, Kevin (Mary) Athmann of Hopkins and Kirk (Terri) Athmann of Paynesville; five grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Patricia Kruzel of Eden Valley, Alice Athmann of Spring Hill, Marcie Welle of Melrose, Joey Athmann of Spring Hill, and Tony Athmann of Benson; and his mother-in-law.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents; three infant children; brother, Stanley Athmann; sister, Josephine Ertl; a sister-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and his father-in-law.

Glenn Bennett, 96, Paynesville
Glenn W. Bennett, 96, of Paynesville died on Tuesday, July 10, at the Koronis Manor.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, July 17, at the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring.

Glenn was born on April 3, 1916, to Erwin and Agnes (Cain) Bennett in Eden Valley.

He married Marjorie Christiansen on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Glenn owned and operated a fly-in fishing resort for ten years on Dryberry Lake in Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada, before they retired and moved to Paynesville in 1973.

They purchased and ran the Beachside Trailer Park. They split up the park, keeping a portion of land as their summer home and wintered in Pharr, Texas, at Tropic Star Park.

Glenn is survived by two daughters, Sharon Bronn of Paynesville and Juhl Ganzer of New Brighton; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; a brother-in-law; and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Koronis Manor Blanket Warmer Fund: 200 West 1st Street, Paynesville, MN 56362.

Charles Whitcomb, 95, Paynesville
Charles R. Whitcomb, 95, of Paynesville died on Monday, July 2, at the Paynesville Area Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Entombment was in the St. Louis Catholic Church Mausoleum.

Charles Rolland Whitcomb was born on Nov. 7, 1916, to Frank A. and Lillian (Picker) Whitcomb in Morgan.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Morgan. He attended St. Michael's Elementary and Morgan Public High School, graduating in 1934.

He worked part time while going to high school and full time after school at the IGA and SuperValu Store in Morgan.

On Aug. 30, 1941, Charles married Anna Eva Bickhardt. Shortly after their marriage, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corps., where he served his country during WWII. On Nov. 3, 1945, he was honorably discharged.

They made their home in Morgan, where he worked as postmaster for 12 years; as a rural mail carrier for 25 years; drove school bus many years; and served on the volunteer fire and ambulance department for 41 years. He also served on the Morgan School Board for 14 years and owned and operated the Morgan Roller Rink with two partners.

He retired in 1977, and they moved to Paynesville in 1984. Charles and Eva were able to share in 61 years of marriage before her death on June 26, 2003.

Charles is survived by his children, Calvin (Pat) Whitcomb, Steven (Karen) Whitcomb, Donavan (Brenda) Whitcomb, Randall (Pam) Whitcomb, and James (Sara) Whitcomb; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Charlotte Kopischke, James Whitcomb, and Virginia Kopischke.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; a granddaughter; and siblings, Catherine, Ralph, and a sister in infancy.

Edmund Bloedel, 78, New London
Edmund D. Bloedel Sr., 78, of New London died on Friday, July 6, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.

His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at Nordland Lutheran Church in rural Paynesville. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in New London. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm at a later date.

Edmund was born on Feb. 15, 1934, in Bird Island to August and Magdalena (Bauman) Bloedel.

When he was four, his family moved to New Ulm, where his family owned and operated Bloedel Monument Company.

Throughout his school years and into his early 20s, he worked for the monument company. There, he met his first wife, Marjorie Waddell, and they married on June 14, 1952. To this union, three children were born: Ed Jr, Theresia, and Ward.

Following his marriage, Edmund began his 33-year career with MnDOT, working and living in many communities across southern Minnesota, including: Windom, Madelia, Sherburn, Fairmont, and St. James.

He lost his first wife, Marjorie, to cancer in 1977.

On July 1, 1979, Edmund married Jean (Dahl) Thormodson in Hanska. Edmund continued to work for MnDOT until retiring in 1989, when they moved to rural New London on North Long Lake. Jean preceded Edmund in death in 2004.

Edmund is survived by his sons, Edmund Jr. (Enid) Bloedel of Fairmont and Ward Bloedel of New Ulm; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Erik (Patricia) Bloedel, Cole and Channing; Erin (Noah) Bruntlett, Tyson, and Brock; JeanŐs children, Kevin (special friend Wendy Domeier) Thormodson of Hanska; Randy (Mary) Paulson of Okeechobee, Fla.; Deb Wieben of New Ulm; Sheryl (Jay) Utter of Lake Crystal; and David (fiancŽe Jodi Squires) Thormodson of Mankato; JeanŐs grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kari (Jesse) Bruns, Maci; Justin Berdan; Nicole (Chad) Shields; Christopher Paulson; Tyler and Kara Wilfhart; Adam and Andrew Utter. Other survivors include his brothers, Barry and August (Jean) of New Ulm and Doug (Carol) of Marshfield, Wis., as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides EdmundŐs parents and wives, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Theresia; twin infant siblings; brothers, Kenneth, Jack, and Wally; sister, Beverly; and sisters-in-law, Marlys, Nona, and Sharon.

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