Elroy A. Karger, age 85, of rural Parkers Prairie, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. William's Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in West Miltona with Rev. Robert Petersen and Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Katie Jahnke and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Elroy Adolph Karger was born July 1, 1927, to William and Agnes (Blake) Karger in North Effington Township. He was baptized July 31, 1927, and confirmed May 17, 1942, into the Lutheran faith. Elroy attended country school. He served in the United States Army from November 1950-November 1952, stationed in Virginia. On January 25, 1953, he was joined in marriage to Berdeen Schulke at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They lived in Parkers Prairie for two years, then moved to Frazee for two years where Elroy worked on a turkey farm. They moved to the Hopkins area until they bought a home in Eden Prairie where they lived until 1990. While in the cities, Elroy worked for Dahlberg Ford and his longest and final job, 22 years, was as a machinist at Eaton in Eden Prairie. They moved back to Parkers Prairie and he was a guitar player in the Karger family band for 12 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and former member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Glen Lake and the Hopkins American Legion.
Elroy is survived by two daughters, Corliss Thompson of Buffalo and Jacquelyn (Patrick) Kinney of Minnetonka; two sons, Curtis (Denise) Karger of Rockford and Galen (Charlene) Karger of Bozeman, Montana; a brother, Erwin (Rita) Karger of Glenwood; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Berdeen; brothers, Edwin, Marvin and Duane; and sisters, Maylinda, Esther, Olivia and Edna.
Pallbearers are Cody Thompson, Jerry Grothen, Donald Grothen, Dennis Noetzelman, Aaron Noetzelman and Ron Puhalla.