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Milton A. Gumm

Milton A. Gumm, age 79, a resident of Parkers Prairie, formerly of Henning and Morris, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 9, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Kirk Lee officiating and Rev. Randy Maland as Lector. Music will be provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich and vocalist, Dick Cloeter. Burial will take place at Parkers Prairie Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday at the Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Milton Albert Gumm was born July 26, 1929, in Westgate, Iowa to August and Bertha (Riedel) Gumm. His faith journey began when he was baptized on August 18, 1929, and he affirmed his faith at his confirmation on June 13, 1943, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. He was raised on a farm south of Parkers Prairie. He grew up loving horses and driving tractors. He met the love of his life, Carolyn, and the two were joined in marriage on September 20, 1953. They raised their family in a Christian home filled with love and laughter. Milton was never afraid of hard work and at times worked three jobs to provide for his family. They lived in Parkers Prairie, Marshall and Granite Falls, Minnesota. They settled in Morris, Minnesota where they lived for 26 years. Milton was employed with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 28 ? years. Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Henning and worked at Lutheran Island Camp and other odd jobs. He was a man who enjoyed the latest gadgets and gizmos. He probably holds the record for owning over 60 refurbished fishing poles. Milton loved the outdoors and you always knew he was around by his whistle. He loved buggy rides down the Yellow Brick Road, horseshoe, dancing, hunting on his (Hootchie) Island, fishing, watering trees and tending his many flower beds. Milton left a legacy of faith to those he loved. He was an example of devoted love to his wife and we rejoice that they are now together again at the feet of Jesus. We are certain he is singing Alleluia with healed lungs and full breaths and enjoying the sweet air of Heaven. He taught us about perseverance as daily he trusted that nothing would happen to him that he and Jesus couldn't handle.

Milton is survived by six daughters, Nancy (Rich) Knutson of Barnsville, Minnesota, Vicki (Wade) Burlet of Delano, Minnesota, Jody (Brent) Dahlseng of Rockford, Illinois, Ginger (Jon) Engelhardt of Austin, Minnesota, Marci (Andy) Elofson of St. Peter, Minnesota and Tammy (Scott) Brown of Morton, Illinois; a sister, Alice (Steve) Hane of Richfield, Minnesota; 19 grandchildren; one great grandchild; three special men he called sons, Cach Van Ngo, Neigh Ving Vong, Nhan Phan Than; two sisters-in-law, Delores Schulz and Mary Alice Huwe; three brothers-in-law; Norm Schamber, Donald Huwe and George (Virginia) Ketter; many nieces, nephews and special friends.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn; his parents and a sister, Geneva Syverson.

Pallbearers will be his six daughters.