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Jake Koetje Aug.4, 1929 - Jan. 12, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Jake Koetje, 79, of Willmar, died Monday at Rice Memorial Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church with burial at Cloverleaf Cemetery. VFW Post 1639 will provide military honors.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

He was born Aug. 4, 1929, on a farm in Edwards Township, Kandiyohi County, to Jacob and Dora (Schlaak) Koetje. After completing his education, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he worked at several jobs before settling in Willmar and going into the taxi cab business with his brothers. From 1970 to 1980, he was a partner in catering and John's Supper Club. In 1980, he took over the management of VFW Post 1639 in Willmar, retiring in 1994.

He was a life member of the VFW and was Post 1639 commander for four years and post chaplin. He was seam squirrel for the Military Order of Cooties, a member of Willmar American Legion Post 167, the Eagles Aerie 2334 Willmar and the Willmar Elks. During retirement, he delivered meals for senior dining.

He is survived by his siblings: Henrietta Naber of Renton, Wash., and Henry of Minneapolis.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

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