|7/26/2017 7:15:00 AM|
Earl Warner, 92, of Walnut Grove died July 21, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Westbrook.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in rural Westbrook.
Burial was at the church cemetery.
Stephens Funeral Service- Walnut Grove Funeral Home handled the funeral arrangements.
Earl Lowell Warner was born June 13, 1925, to Eddie and Helen (Strandberg) Warner on the family farm in Highwater Township, Cottonwood County. He was baptized and confirmed at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church.
Earl attended Sunnyside District 37 country school and after eighth grade, at age 15, he rented land from a neighbor and with an old tractor and a team of horses began his lifelong career.
In an innovative farmer, Earl was always looking for ways to speed up and improve farming methods. For instance, he welded two two-row corn planters together to make a four-row planter, one of the first in the neighborhood.
In 1948, Earl married Anna Margaret Kopperud at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church. They rented a farm home near their residence for about 12 years, during which their five children were born.
One of his greatest joys was having his sons and grandsons join him in farming.
During the 1950s, Earl began improving the land he bought in Ann Township, where he planted trees and built buildings. When the house they were living in burned, their new home was within six weeks of being completed.
Anna Margaret died in 2012.
Later that year, Earl married Gladys Mathiason at Old Westbrook Lutheran Church.
Earl attended Old Westbrook Lutheran Church each Sunday and enjoyed singing old gospel hymns. He served on various church boards and committees and was pleased that the gospel message was preached each Sunday. His favorite verse was Ephesians 2:8-9.
Earl also served on the board of the Production Credit Association in Windom.
In addition to his first wife, Anna Margaret, Earl was preceded in death by sisters, Grace, Ruth, Mildred and Martha; and two brothers, Howard and Wallace.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys; sons: Leon (Karen) Warner of Glenwood, Greg (Deb) Warner, Dean (Lois) Warner and Mark (Linda) Warner, all of Walnut Grove; a daughter, Marilyn (Tim) Grefe of Butterfield; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sisters: Margaret, Marian and Jane.