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Fred O. Kickertz April 22, 1916 - June 27, 2009

GLENWOOD -- Fred Otto Kickertz, 93, of Glenwood died Saturday at the Glenwood Retirement Village in Glenwood.

The service will be 2 p.m. today at Glenwood Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood is handling arrangements.

He was born April 22, 1916, in Addison, N.D., to Eugene and Emma (Ladenthin) Kickertz. He grew up in North Dakota.

He married Myrtle Bragg on Nov. 17, 1937, in Wheatland, N.D. They lived in Marble where Fred owned and operated Jim's Bar. The couple moved to Glenwood in 1946 and bought the Victory Café. In 1950, they moved to a farm they bought east of Glenwood. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad for almost 30 years, retiring in 1981.

He married Erma (Johnson) Overstad on Nov. 28, 1968, in Glenwood. They lived on Erma's farm east of Glenwood before moving to Pelican Lake where they lived for 22 years. He was a member of Glenwood Lutheran Church where he served as an usher.

He is survived by his wife; children: Fred (and Betty) Kickertz of Plymouth, Virginia Kickertz of San Pedro, Calif., Betty Jean (and Lee) Recknor of Rochester, Allan (and Kathy) Kickertz of Elburn, Ill., Genevieve (and Larry) Murtaugh of Richmond, Va., and Jim (and Holly) Kickertz of Maxwell, Texas; stepchildren: Gary (and Lori) Overstad of Anchorage, Alaska, Sharon (and Tim) Robards of Glenwood, Sandy (and Richard) Larson of Starbuck and Julie Erickson of Glenwood; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister: Ruth Hemm of West Fargo, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Myrtle in 1966; one stepson: Scott Overstad; and four brothers.