Neuschwander, Lawrence Kenneth (1923-2013)

Lawrence Neuschwander, Alexandria, MN, formerly Grygla, MN, age 89, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Knute Nelson Care Center, Alexandria, MN with his loving family at his side.

Funeral Services were Monday, April 15, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla with Pastor Bob Ludwig officiating. Burial followed at Saint Clement Cemetery near Grygla.

Visitation with a prayer service with Pastor Clark Jelle officiating was Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, and on Monday at the church.

Lawrence Kenneth Neuschwander was born on August 17, 1923 east of Grygla in Benville Township, the son of William and Palma (Windsnes) Neuschwander. As a young lad, he moved with his family to Ipswich, SD, Appleton, MN and back to Grygla, MN. They settled on a farm in Valley Township, Marshall County, MN, west of Grygla. Lawrence was baptized as an adult.

He attended country school and graduated from Goodridge High School in 1941. Lawrence then stayed home to help on the family farm.

On August 23, 1952, Lawrence married Arlyne Ann Kiesow at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Goodridge, MN. They purchased their farm in Valley Township, Marshall County, MN where they raised five children: Kenneth, Dale, Susan, Kathy and Ricky. They owned and operated their farm of small grains, dairy and beef cattle, hogs and horses. In 1956 he gained employment with the Marshall-Beltrami Soil Conservation District. His favorite part of this job was planting trees. He retired from the Soil Conservation District in 1991. He also worked carpentry for Red McLean. Lawrence left the farm due to failing health in December 2008 and Arlyne left the farm due to failing health in October 2009. They made their home together at the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria, MN near their daughter Susan.

Lawrence enjoyed life. He loved taking trips, going to auction sales and sales barns, visiting implement dealerships, visiting with anyone who would talk whether he knew them or not and being part of the annual Grygla Fall Festival parades, talent shows and community plays. He also enjoyed dancing, and is known for dancing the jig! His passion was farming and tending to his cattle. He was loyal, hard-working, cared about his family and knew how to have fun. Lawrence also served on the Valley Township Board for many years.

Survivors include his loving children Kenny, Dale, Susan Kathy and Rick; grandchildren, Seth Neuschwander, Sam Neuschwander, Emilie Thoennes, Chelsi Langehaug, Blaine Nelson, Blake Nelson, Lauren Neuschwander, Wyatt Neuschwander, Collin Neuschwander; great-grandson, Luke Langehaug; brother, Floyd Neuschwander; sisters-in-law, Lois Hylland and Theresa Mutnansky; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Kiesow and Charlie Kiesow; special friend, Larry Nordby; and many nieces, nephews, neighbors, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Arlyne on March 20, 2013; parents; brother, Vernon Neuschwander; brothers-in-law, Paul Kiesow and Paul Mutnansky; niece, Victoria Molstad; and nephews, Dean Kiesow, Jim Mutnansky and Matthew Mutnansky.

Found at: Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky