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Ervin E. Rath Nov. 1, 1922 - March 28, 2009

BUFFALO LAKE -- Ervin Eugene Rath, 86, of Buffalo Lake died Saturday at Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday the Zion United Methodist Church in Buffalo Lake. Burial will be in the Zion Evangelical Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and for one hour prior to the service, both at the church. Arrangements with the Hughes Funeral Home in Hector. Memorials are preferred.

He was born Nov. 1, 1922, on a farm north of Buffalo Lake to Henry and Sophia (Bauknecht) Rath. He grew up north of Buffalo Lake and attended rural schools.

He married Shirley Boehlke on Aug. 8, 1943, in Buffalo Lake. They lived north of Buffalo Lake where he farmed, raised livestock and milking cows. He was a director of the Buffalo Lake Creamery and an officer of the Renville County Pork Producers. They moved into Buffalo Lake in 1981. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church and was a trustee and head usher; was a member of the Buffalo Lake Community Club and received the Lions Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He served as a councilman and as the mayor Buffalo Lake for a number of years and was an honorary member of the fire department. He was named Hometown Hero for his service to the residents of Buffalo Lake, especially after the tornado. He was a director of the fisheries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

He is survived by his wife; sons: Larry (and Deb) Rath of Buffalo Lake and Curt (and Deb) Rath of St. Cloud; daughter-in-law: Audrey Rath of Winthrop; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son: James; three sisters; and three brothers.