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Gene Inwards, 78

Gene Inwards, 78, Parkers Prairie, died February 21, 2009 at St. William's Living Center.

Gene was born August 6, 1930 to Harry and Alma (Reed) Inwards on the family farm in Eastern Township, Otter Tail County. He attended country school and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School in 1948. He attended the University of Minnesota, School of Agriculture for two years. Following his education he returned to farm with his father for several years before buying his own farms in Parkers Prairie and Eastern Townships.

Gene was united in marriage to Mary Peterson on September 4, 1954 at Spruce Hill Lutheran Church. They continued farming in the Parkers Prairie area until his retirement. He was an active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and youth group and was especially involved in its music program, including the choir. He was a member of the Parkers Prairie School Board for many years. He was a very supportive and positive male role model with the foster care his wife was involved with over the years. He loved deer hunting and fishing and teaching kids how to water-ski. He will long be remembered for his gift of music shared with the community throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, Steve (Marilyn) Inwards of Parkers Prairie and David (Carrie) Inwards of Rochester; a sister, Marge (Darrel) Carlson of Parkers Prairie; two brothers, Keith (Jeanette) Inwards of Detroit Lakes and Jim (Harriet) Inwards of Cottage Grove; mother-in-law, Ruth Peterson of Parkers Prairie; seven grandchildren, Janell, Jeremiah, Ruth, Sarah, Ryan, Zachary and Christina; a great-grandson, Jesse; along with numerous foster children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Michelle, in November of 2000.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Kirk Lee officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Julie Lindgren and vocalist, Dedra Zwieg.

Visitation will be Friday, February 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family prefers memorials to Wycliff Bible Translators.

Arrangements are by Lind Family Funeral Service with chapels in Miltona and Parkers Prairie,