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Raymond Krusemark

Raymond Krusemark

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MASON CITY - Raymond George Otto Krusemark, 95, of Mason City died at St. John's Hospital in Springfield at 9:05 a.m. Friday (Nov. 3, 2006).

He was born Dec. 8, 1910 in New Holland to Ernest C. and Clara (Hilgendorf) Krusemark. He married Irene Imig on Oct. 4, 1934, at the Lutheran Parsonage in New Holland. She survives in Mason City.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Krusemark is survived by one son, Calvin Krusemark of Mason City; two daughters, Cheryl (Dean) Harfst of Easton and Sue (Larry) Willis of East Peoria; and one brother, Harold (Roberta) Krusemark of Emden.

Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Peggy (John) Means, Nancy (Larry) Gunterman, Gina (Scott) Schwader, Rob (Susan) Harfst, Jonathan Harfst, Jeff (Carol) Willis, Gregg (Suzie) Willis and Scott (Tammy) Willis; 24 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Mr. Krusemark had formerly operated a gas station in Emden, worked on highway maintenance when Illinois 136 was being paved, worked as a bullet maker during World War II at R.G. LeTourneau in Peoria, and then started farming in 1944. He retired from farming in 1992.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Mason City, where he had helped build the current church building. He was a member of the Mason County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed playing cards and was a loyal Cubs fan.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at his church. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hurley Funeral Home in Mason City. Burial will be in Mason City Cemetery following the service. The Rev. Kirk Cunningham will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church for the purchase of new hymnals. Online memorial messages may be left for the family at www.hurleyfh.com .

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