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Hugo Piepenburg Sept. 11, 1924 - Nov. 8, 2008

LITCHFIELD -- Hugo Paul Piepenburg, 84, of Litchfield died Saturday at the Willmar Commons Nursing Home in Willmar.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Beckville Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Inurnment will be in Beckville Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church and for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.

He was born Sept. 11, 1924, near Hutchinson to Paul and Hattie (Schramm) Piepenburg.

He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1941 at the age of 16. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Army. He was a radio operator and a sergeant in Europe. He was discharged in 1947.

He married Phyllis Warren on Sept. 28, 1948, in Grove City. He worked at Flaxmill and then as a farm hand. He was a crop and dairy farmer for more than 40 years. He helped build Highway 22 while working road construction and also worked at First District Association for 20 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the districts 34 and 45 school boards. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion, Teamsters Local Union 471 and the DFL. He was a member of Beckville Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and participated in the book club.

He is survived by his wife; children: Julie (and Robert) Plaetz of Lucan, Jeffrey Piepenburg of Grove City, Jay Piepenburg of Dassel, Joel (and Julie) Piepenburg of Brooten, Jayne Piepenburg of Rochester, Vicki (and Mark) Fastner of Woodbury and Tracy (and Mardi) Piepenburg of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter: Joyce Piepenburg in April; two sisters; and three brothers.