Gerald Motl

Gerald Motl, 86, of Staples, passed away on May 30, 2016 at Lakewood Health System, Staples. 

Funeral services were held June 1 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with Pastor Steve Sveom officiating.

Interment was at Christ the King Cemetery, Browerville.

Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home, Browerville.

Gerald was born August 12, 1929, in Bertha to Rudolph and Olive (Olmschenk) Motl. He graduated from Clarissa High School.  After his graduation, Gerald worked on the farm with his dad. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on May 26, 1952 and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1954. After his discharge he bought a farm in Moran Township and also worked for Stracek Construction.  On August 31, 1974, he married Clara Lenk in Little Falls. Gerald enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outside on the farm,telling stories about his dog “Sheppy”, playing cards and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Gerald is survived by his wife Clara; four daughters, Carol (Paul) Kert, of Palmdale, CA, Barb (Joe) Hassleberg of Staples, Rose (Dave) Bruhn, of Maple Plain and Joanne (Mark) Forsberg of Staples; three sons, Donald (Debbie) Lenk of Junction City, KS, James (Cathy) Lenk of Staples and Dan (Tammy Lewis) Lenk of Motley; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carol (Charles) Hales of Maple Plain and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; many aunts, uncles and one niece.

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