Maynard Jerome Tweeten
Maynard Jerome Tweeten, 85, returned to his heavenly home, Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 after a short illness at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg, Texas, surrounded by his family. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him and ultimately gave him peace. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 29, at Winnebago Lutheran Church, rural Lake Mills, with Pastor Bill Peters officiating. Burial was held in Winnebago Lutheran Church Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Lake Mills Otto Chose Post #235.Mittelstadt Funeral Home, Lake Mills, was in charge of arrangements.
Maynard was born to the late Gilbert and Mae Tweeten on the Tweeten farm southwest of Joice, Nov. 26, 1932. He was baptized Christmas Day, 1932 and confirmed May 16, 1948 at Winnebago Lutheran Church, rural Lake Mills. Maynard attended country school through the sixth grade. He then attended Lake Mills Community School graduating in 1951.
Maynard enlisted in the Army in 1953, where he was stationed in Germany. He was discharged in 1955 and went to work for Rilco Laminated Products, Albert Lea, Minn., continuing there until he took over the family farm in 1956.
Starting in 1970, Maynard also worked as an electrician. He retired from both farming and his electrical business in 1997, following a heart attack. The farm became a Century Farm in 2013.
In retirement, Maynard and Marilyn found great purpose in volunteering at the Rio Grande Bible Institute, Edinburg, Texas, from 2000-2006. During that time, they had the privilege of helping establish a small orphanage in Carmargo, Mexico. The work was hard, but the rewards were plentiful. Volunteering at RGBI and spending winters in Texas have created remarkable lifelong friendships.
Over the years, Maynard and Marilyn were able to travel to all 50 states, many of those trips with four young children in a pickup camper.
Maynard was blessed with a large and loving family. He married Marilyn Flugum, Jan. 28, 1956, at Winnebago Lutheran Church.
Maynard is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughters: Susan (Steve) Hagen, Rudyard, Mich.; Kathleen (Milt) Pierson, Houston, Texas; Elizabeth (Bradley) Hermanson, Spirit Lake; and son Alan (Donna) Tweeten, Clive; 14 grandchildren: Joshua (Rachel) Hagen, Renae (Landon) Kollasch, Nicole (Dan) Trefz, Joel (Amber) Hermanson, Katie (Aaron) Mayer, Jessica (Tyler) Rodenroth, Jeffrey Pierson, Michelle (Matt) Hood, Carlie (Zeth) Tovrea, Emily Pierson, Nicholas, Benjamin, Maxwell and Ella Tweeten; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers: James, Stanley (Joyce) and Luther (Eloyce) Tweeten; brothers-in-law: Bernard (Arlene), Curtis (LaDonna), and Neal (Joyce) Flugum; and sisters-in-law: LeAnn Meier and Karen (Wayne) Johns; a large extended family and a host of close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Alvin Tweeten and Komer Johnson: two sisters: Olive Gilbertson and Ruth Holtan: five sisters-in-law: and two brothers-in-law.