The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 29, 2014

Larry Spitzner

— Larry Spitzner, age 68, of St. James, MN died at his home on Sunday, April

27, 2014.

  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Saturday, May 3, 2014, at St. James Catholic Church in St. James with Father Thien Nguyen as celebrant.

  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in St. James with military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard.

  Visitation will be Friday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4-8pm with a 3:30pm rosary, visitation will continue one hour before mass at the church on Saturday.

  You may send the family condolences online at

  Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.

  On April 3, 1946, God made a farmer. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, God called

that farmer home. Larry Spitzner passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, after a long, hard fight with cancer. Larry Joseph was born on April 3, 1946 in St. James, MN the son of Alois & Christine (Diedrich) Spitzner. He graduated from St. James High School in 1964. He was united in marriage to Katherine Keim on April 21, 1979 in St. James, they had just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Larry served in the National Guard from 1965-1971. All of his life, he has been dedicated to raising various animals but his true love was Holstein cows. He took over

milking the cows on the family farm when he graduated from high school in 1964 and continued until 2008.  He was a 4-H leader for 22 years.  Hard work was his passion and he passed that on to all who worked for and with him, especially his four children. He loved to share his endless knowledge and

was able to fix anything. He enjoyed Oliver and John Deere tractors and participating in the Threshing Bee with his sons and brother. On the cold winter days, Vikings games were part of his Sundays. After long summer days, he would watch the replayed Twins games late at night. His favorite time of

the year was haying season which for him started in May and ended when the snow fell.  Larry had a great sense of humor and enjoyed visiting with fellow farmers and friends alike. He loved his grandsons and was most excited for the upcoming arrival of his newest grandchild, Baby Keller. He was a reliable, loving, and intelligent man who lived his life following and trusting in the Lord.

  Survivors include his wife; Kathy Spitzner of St. James, children; John Spitzner & Amanda Petermann of St. James, Brian Spitzner of St. James, Rebecca (Kyle) Keller of Shakopee, Amy Spitzner of Sioux Falls, SD, sister; Dorothy Spitzner of Mankato, brother; Donald Spitzner of St. James, grandchildren; Samuel Spitzner of St. James, Trenton Kettner of St. James, Baby Keller "on the way", mother-in-law; Lila Keim of St. James, sister-in-law; Mary Zimmerman of St. James, nieces & nephews; Anthony Zimmerman, Adam Zimmerman, Deanne, Tyler, Kinzie Keim, and special friend Christine Solma. He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law; Norman Keim, brothers-in-law; Arthur Keim and Wayne Zimmerman.

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