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Elmer Gertken

June 3, 1937 — April 14, 2021

Age: 83

June 3, 1937 – April 14, 2021

Services celebrating the life of Elmer Gertken, age 83 of Avon, will be 2:00 PM, Monday, April 19 at the  St. Benedict’s parish cemetery in Avon. Elmer died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. There will be a gathering in the Parking Lot of the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany  between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM Monday and then process to the cemetery at 1:30.
Elmer was born June 3, 1937 in Richmond to Henry and Rosila (Fischer) Gertken. He grew up and lived his entire life in Avon where he was the owner of Apollo 13, a bar and restaurant. He is a member of the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon.

Elmer is survived by his brothers and sisters, Ambrose (Kathleen) Gertken, St. Joseph; Donna Mae (Wilbert) Poepping, Avon; Annette Blonigen, St. Martin; Rosemary Ehlinger, Avon; Larry (Peggy) Gertken, Swanville; Lloyd (Jenny) Gertken, Pine River; Eugene (Sharon) Gertken, Albany,  sister-in-law, Vera Lou Klaphake, and brother-in-law, Richard Klaphake.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donald Gertken and his sister, Bernice Klaphake, brothers-in-law, Leander Blonigen and John Ehlingher, and sister-in-law, Dorothy Gertken.

Schedule and Information

Visitation Details

Services celebrating the life of Elmer Gertken, age 83 of Avon, will be 2:00 PM, Monday, April 19 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home Chapel in Albany, burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation Location

Services celebrating the life of Elmer Gertken at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home Chapel in Albany, burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Service Details

There will be a gathering between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Monday.

Service Location

The service will be held at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany.

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