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Rudolph “Speed” Roesner


Rudolph “Speed” Roesner, 98, of Lakefield, passed away on December 31, 2010 at Doman Rose Place in Lakefield.

 Services for Speed will be on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MN with Rev. Christopher Drew officiating. Burial will be at Sioux Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 5 PM until 7PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, and one hour before the service on Friday at the church.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials are strongly preferred to Doman-Rose Place, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, or Sanford Hospice WWJ.

Rudolph “Speed” Roesner, son of Louis and Agnes (Bamberg) Roesner was born March 3, 1912 in Heron Lake Township. He attended country and St. Peter Parochial School. On January 2, 1936, he was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Schmoll at the Methodist Parsonage in Lakefield, MN. After marriage, they lived south of Jackson in Des Moines Township for 11 years, then near the Des Moines River for 26 years. In 1973 they moved near Clear Lake. Speed farmed and was a cattle buyer. For many years, he and his wife spent the winter months in California with their travel trailer. While in California, he enjoyed hunting with his brothers. He was an avid hunter, trap shooter, pool and card player.

After Millie’s death on October 14, 2001, he moved to Lakefield and lived in a duplex. He then moved to Doman-Rose Place until his death on December 31, 2010 at the age of 98 years, 9 months, 28 days.

Speed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. He was also an honorary member of Pheasants Forever.

He is survived by brothers Bob and Willard of Redding, CA; sisters Wilda Tallman of Cornell, WI, Reva Kramer of Long Beach CA, and Myrtle Ahrens of Paynesville, MN. Also surviving Speed are many nieces and nephews.

Speed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years Millie, sisters: Hilda Hussong, Esther Kraft, Elsie Bretzman, Agnes Maker, and Clara Johnson; brothers: Myron, Alfred, Ernie, Louis, and Elmer; two nephews Elmer Bretzman and Gary Roesner and one niece, Delores Mews.

Blessed be the memory of Rudolph Roesner.

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