BLUE EARTH — Russ Hornke, age 92, of Blue Earth, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Luke’s Care Center in Blue Earth. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at Trinity Lutheran Church, with Rev. Dr. Jeanette Bidne officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Russell Duane was born March 18, 1929, at the family farm near Blue Earth, to Frank and Bertha (Weise) Hornke. He enjoyed growing up and working on his parent’s farm before joining the U.S. Army in 1954. After serving his country proudly for two years, he returned to marry the love of his life, Lois Stensland. Together they raised three children and farmed outside of Blue Earth. Lois passed away in 2008. Russ was a kind, generous and outgoing man. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing trips up North, and doing just about anything outdoors. He could often be found at the fence line chatting it up with a neighbor. While he appreciated the simpler things in life, he was always there to lend a hand, whether it was helping Lois put her cakes together or helping with the Trinity food stand at the county fair. He was also employed at Arends sale yard for many years as well as being a long-time member of the American Legion. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Deb (Jeff) Germer of Rochester, Kayla (Michael Brooks) Erdmann of Kasson, and Ray Hornke of Blue Earth; grandchildren, Ryan Erdmann, Brady (fiancé Jessica Kelley) Erdmann and Sarah Germer; sister, Irene (Skip) Meyers; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Stensland and Marilyn Stensland. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois; sister, Delores Farrow; brother, Donald Hornke; sisters-in-law, Marvis and Jean Stensland; brothers-in-law, Dave Farrow, Orville, George, Donald and Ronald Stensland. www.pattonfh.com