Errol W. Kugler, 72, of rural Erhard

Published 9:31am Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Updated 11:32am Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Errol Kugler, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Lake Region Hospital.

He was born on April 10, 1940, in Fergus Falls, the son of Marvin and Gladys (Davidson) Kugler. He grew up in Section 11, Friberg Township, where he lived his entire life. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and attended school in Friberg Township and Fergus Falls High School.

On Jan. 25, 1958, he married JoAnn Budke at Tonseth Lutheran Church, making their home in Friberg Township where he farmed all of his life.

Through the years he worked as a truck driver and equipment operator for French Alfalfa, Donovan Olson Trucking and Central Bi-Products.

In 1969, he started Kugler Construction and then in 1980, he established Kugler Salvage.

He was a member of Maine Presbyterian Church.

He also served on the Motor Patrol for Friberg Township. He loved to play cards and travel. He thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent on his hunting land and fishing. His most treasured time was spent camping and sharing “Gator” rides with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his father, Marvin, who died on Sept. 29, 2012, and JoAnn’s siblings, Marcella Budke, Jerry Budke, Ann (Jim) Hasbargen, Myrtle Keller, Roy Budke.

Survivors include his mother, Gladys of Erhard; his wife, JoAnn of Erhard; three sons, Greg (Julie) of Erhard, Rick of Underwood, Joel (Patsi) Kugler of Erhard; nine grandchildren, Mandy (Kyle) Rich, Crystal (Matthew) Hoekstra, John (Nikki) Kugler, Jessica (Matt) Fowler, Lindsay (Joe) Hauer, Matthew (Lindsey) Kugler, Ashley (Chase) Lee, Lauryn (fiancée Jake Christensen) Kugler, Aaron Kugler; 15 great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Kale and Ella Rich, Madison and Maggie Hoekstra, Austin Kugler, Ava and Brody Fowler, Evan, Hailey and Eli Hauer, Gracyn and Ricky Kugler, Sophia and Rylan Lee; three siblings, Gary (Ruthy) Kugler, Brenda (Larry) Peasley and Phil (Lori) Kugler, all of Erhard; JoAnn’s siblings, Donald (Kathy) Budke, Mervin (Ervena) Budke, Rose Mary (Donald) Rasmusson, Renèe Budke, Cyril Keller, Mavis Budke; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, at St. James Catholic Church, rural Underwood

Clergy: Rev. Glenn Lord

Burial: Silent Vale Cemetery, rural Underwood

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls


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