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Craig S. Walgenbach

Friday, August 7, 2009

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Craig Steven Walgenbach, 55, of Hospers, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009.

Craig Steven Walgenbach was born Sept. 27, 1953, at Orange City, the son of Roland & Alida (Hess) Walgenbach. Craig was raised on the dairy farm in Hospers and graduated from Granville Spalding High School in 1971. He then worked at the Hospers Packing House until he took over the family farm.

Craig met his wife of 35 years, Arlene Koerselman in Sheldon. They wed Oct. 6, 1973. Craig and Arlene raised three boys and continued to grow the family farm.

Craig loved the farm and spending time hunting and fishing with his sons, also educating his grandchildren to appreciate the farm life.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers.

Survivors include his wife Arlene Walgenbach of Hosper; three sons, Marty Walgenbach and his special friend Jennifer Wettergren and her son Wyatt of Mankato, Minn., Jake and his wife Joell Walgenbach and their children Cade, Merrick and Halle, all of Granville, and Wayne and his wife Sarah Walgenbach of Eagle Lake, Minn.; his mother, Alida Walgenbach of Hospers; one brother, David Walgenbach of Sauk Centre, Minn.; two sisters, Sister Mary David Walgenbach of Madison, Wis., and Roleen Walgenbach of Bemidji, Minn.; one sister-in-law, Mary Walgenbach of El Paso, Texas; and an uncle, Gil and his wife Ann Hess of Crescent City, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Walgenbach; one brother, Danny Walgenbach, one sister-in-law, Colleen Walgenbach; and his father-in-law, Herman W. Koerselman.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers with the Rev. Richard D. Ball, Msgr. Kenneth Siefried and the Rev. Thomas Hart officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery in Hospers. Friends may call anytime after 5 p.m. today (Friday). There will be a rosary at 6 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hospers.

The Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen is in charge of arrangements.

Casket bearers will be Dave R., Josh, Joel and Zach Walgenbach, Chad Waagner, Dan Barnes, Ryan Jungers, Gabe Roetman and Larry Anderson.