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John K. Custer, 93

John Kenneth Custer, age 93, of Howard Lake, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, at his home.

There will be a memorial service Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Howard Lake Cemetery.

John was born Christmas Day, 1926, in Howard Lake, to James and Alice (Herbst) Custer. He grew up in a grocery store family.

Soon after graduating from Howard Lake High School, John was drafted into the United States Navy. He served in Pearl Harbor, where he developed a love for Hawaii.

Following his military service, John attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with a business degree.

He and Rachel Zimmerman were married July 5, 1953. To this union a son, Mark, was born.

The Custers made their home in Howard Lake, where John was the owner of Custer’s Super Valu. He was very involved in the community, serving as a member of the Howard Lake Fire Department for 29 years, an active member of the Howard Lake Business Association, on the Howard Lake City Council, and also as the Mayor of Howard Lake. In addition, John was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

John traveled the world with Rachel, and wintered many years in Oahu. He loved his local Legion and playing pull tabs.

John is survived by his son, Mark (Lori) Custer; granddaughters Christine (Chris) Fetterley, Amy (Michael) Noll, Beth (Andrei) Stolyarchuk, and Jill Custer; great-grandchildren Lily and Maddox Noll; and by his large American Legion family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice (Herbst) Custer; Alice (Dougherty) Custer; and his wife, Rachel.

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