The Free Press, Mankato, MN

February 20, 2013

Clarence C. Prehn


— Clarence C. Prehn, age 90 of Waseca, died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

 Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 P.M. at North Waseca Lutheran Church with Rev.  Nancy Hansen, officiating.  Interment will be in the Sakatah Cemetery in Waterville.

 Visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. at McRaith Funeral Home & Crematory in Waseca, and will continue on Saturday afternoon for one hour prior to services, at church. There will be a 7:00 P.M. service by the Waseca Masons Friday evening at the funeral home.

 Clarence Cowell was born October 20, 1922, in Blooming Grove Township, Waseca County, Minnesota, to Clarence Edward and Fanny Ann (Cowell) Prehn.  He graduated with the class of 1940 from Waterville High School.  He was united in marriage to Della Marion Kimber on August 14, 1946, in Northfield.  Clarence and Della farmed together and raised their family in Blooming Grove Township.  Della passed away December 23, 1976.  After retiring from farming Clarence drove semi for various area trucking companies.  On December 26, 1977, he married Caroline Broughten in Waseca.  In his retirement Clarence loved his years working and being involved with the Waseca Area Senior Citizens Center. Most recently he resided at Colony Court in Waseca.  He was a member of North Waseca Lutheran Church, and a 45 year member of the Masons, most recently Waseca Tuscan Lodge #77.  Clarence enjoyed his family, especially time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

He is survived by his 1st wife's children, Chawn (Jim) Schaff of Rochester, Calvin (Sue) Prehn of Waterville, and Kimber (Nancy) Prehn of Waseca; 9 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren and "Baby Prehn" expected in September.

 Clarence is also survived by his 2nd wife Caroline of Waseca, and her children, Dean Nelson of Madison, WI, Shirley Berg and Linda Huebl of Waseca.

 Also surviving are his sister, Constance Leonhardi of Oak Harbor, WA; niece, Danette Leonhardi of Seattle, WA; nephews, David Leonhardi of Seattle, WA, Mark Kimber, Glenn Kimber, and Dale Kimber, all of Northfield.  

  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Della; granddaughter, Melissa Prehn; son-in-law, Fred Jepsen; brothers-in-law, Roger Leonhardi, and Donald Kimber.

 For online condolences please visit www.mcraithfuneralhome.com