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September 1, 1934 – Thursday, April 18, 2013

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted,
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Monday, April 22, 2013
4-8 P.M.

Rodney Charles Gutzmann, age 78, of Winsted passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born on September 1, 1934 in Winsted the son of Charles and Esther Seeman Gutzmann.

Rodney was baptized on September 21,1934 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith on May 21, 1948 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Rodney graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1952.

On December 13, 1952, Rodney Charles Gutzmann and Carole Ann Rathkamp were joined in holy marriage at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. God blessed their marriage with five children.

Rodney took over the family’s homestead in Winsted Township after the death of his father and brother. He engaged in dairy farming there for many years.

He enjoyed his family gatherings at the cabin on Lake Ann.

Rodney was a faithful, life long member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Through the years he held many church offices.

His hobby was model railroading which he enjoyed very much.

Survived by his wife: Survived by wife: Carole Ann; children: Connie Dehn of Norwood/Young America, David (fiancé Cheryl Klemp) Gutzmann of St. Louis Park, Chuck (Leanne) Gutzmann, Jamie Gutzmann (special friend Rhonda) and Amy (Matt) Spoden all of Winsted; ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; a sister-in-law: Irma Smith; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents: Charles & Esther Gutzmann and by two brothers: Arden & Wayne Gutzmann.

Funeral services for Rodney Gutzmann will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder will officiate. Molly Loder will be the organist.

Interment will follow at Winsted Public Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Monday, April 22nd at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Further visitation will be held on Tuesday morning, April 23rd at the church one hour prior to services.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Vern Christenson, Ken Lehner, Jim Baird, Stan Ehrke, Jim Brown and Harlan Wigscheid.

Casket Bearers will be Josh Dehn, Aaron Dehn, Michael Dehn, Gage Gutzmann, Tim Storms and Ryan G. Fiecke.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ronald R Rolf

    Dave, Cheryl, and the rest of the Gutzmann family; I was sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Pam and I send you our heartfelt condolences. God bless you. Ron and Pam Rolf

  2. tamara ekstrom

    So sorry to hear that your father has passed. You will be in our prayers.

  3. kevin laxen

    I am going to miss him so much. Best friend.

  4. Brad & Jill Bush

    Chuck, David & the rest of the family-Brad & I are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you & praying for you. Brad & Jill Bush

  5. Vonnie Schrupp-Riebe

    Carole, so sorry to read of your loss.
    We are still in FL. Thinking of you with deepest sympathy and prayers.

  6. Roger Prigge

    Carole Ann,
    I just saw Rodney’s obituary in the Hearld Journal. He was such a good friend in High School as were you. I really am sorry I was not able to attend the class reunion. May God be with you and your family.


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