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November 12, 1930 – Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Service Information
St. John’s Ev.l Lutheran Church-Maple Grove
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Friday, March 28th, 2014
4-8 P.M.

Edwin Jr. Kothrade, age 83, of Corcoran, MN passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at North Memorial Medical Center surrounded by family.

He was born on November 12, 1930 to Edwin Sr and Eva (Wisdom) Kothrade at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, MN.

He was baptized and confirmed into faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church and attended school through 8th grade. His confirmation verse read, “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.” Luke 11:28

At a young age, Ed was required to work on the family farm. At age 21 he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He served his military time state side only due to the fluke that he was issued wrong combat boots and rifle. By the time he returned to port, his troop ship had already sailed.

On May 29, 1954 Ed and Marlys (Stieg) were joined in holy marriage. They were blessed with nearly 60 years together and 5 children. Ed’s main love was farming. He also worked various jobs while maintaining the family farm.

He enjoyed woodturning, fishing, playing 500 and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona.

Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Cordella Koepp, Mary Ellen Berndt and brother Charles Kothrade, mother-in-law and father-in-law Gottfried and Frieda Stieg.

He is survived by his wife Marlys, children Paul (Ginger) of Golden Valley, Loren (Heidi) of St. Paul, Joy (Dick) Rau of Becker, John (Jane) of Hanover and Glen (Pam) of Hanover, grandchildren Jacob (Kristina) Kothrade, Ben Kothrade, Kelly Kothrade(Andrew Berthiume), Katie (Jason) Barott, Kendra (Scott) Bouska, Thomas (Brittany) Rau, Sarah (Ryan) Bahr, Phillip (Nancy) Kothrade, Brian Kothrade, Laura Kothrade and Garrett Kothradeand 10 great-grandchildren, sister Vivian Kuns of Maple Grove, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Edwin Kothrade will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maple Grove, MN. Reverend Steven Briel and Reverend Matthew Johnson will officiate.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 4-8 PM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Maple Grove. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.

Interment with military rites will be held at St. John’s Cemetery, Maple Grove, MN.

Casket Bearers will be Jacob Kothrade, Ben Kothrade, Thomas Rau, Phillip Kothrade, Brian Kothrade and Garrett Kothrade.

The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support in the honor of Edwin Jr. Kothrade, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, neighbor and cherished friend.

The Peterson Chapel, St. Michael assisted the family with arrangements.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sandra Lee

    With sympathy & prayers. May it bring some consolation to know the warmest thoughts are with you and your family. We so enjoyed our visit with you & JR. Good laughs and reminiscing. He will never know how much it meant to me when he said my dad was the “Good” uncle. My dad was the one who took him fishing. He connected me to my past. I haven’t been connected to my dad in 48 years. Dad was his Godfather & Jr was mine. When I was little I told dad & mom if anything happened to you guys, Jr. was the Godparent that I wanted to live if he would have me. We were having this discussion on the way out to the farm. No matter what age you are it’s really harsh to lose your dad. I’m so sorry Marlys that you lost your soul mate. He will always be Jr. to me because I just don’t know any better. He will be truly missed. May God be with you & your family to keep you strong. Love you guys, Sandy & Roger & family.

  2. Robert Braun

    Sorry for your loss Marlys and family. I felt glad to get to know You and Ed here in AZ.


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