Gary Stoeckmann, 73

Gary Gene Stoeckmann, age 73, of Cokato, passed away Feb. 24, 2021, at the Buffalo Hospital.

Gary was born in Glencoe, MN, Sept. 18, 1947, to Ernst and Martha (Schmitz) Stoeckmann. He grew up in Glencoe, and graduated high school in 1965.

As a youth, he worked often on aunt’s and uncle’s farms, helping mostly with field work. This was a special time for him, and he grew very close to his relatives.

After military service, Gary did various jobs, one of which was working for the Milwaukee Railroad. He then worked for Minnesota Mining in Hutchinson for 21 years. Most recently he was employed as a machine operator for 14 years, and has enjoyed the past nine years in retirement.

Gary had many hobbies, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking nature walks, going to the coffee shop, trips up north – Itasca being a favorite. Most of all, he was a kind and loving husband to Linnell, caring, compassionate, and so much more.

Survivors include his wife, Linnell, of Cokato; siblings: Pat (Roger) Donnay of Elk River, Beth Schlauderaff of Litchfield, Barb (Dick) Maass of Glencoe, and Greg (Patti) Stoeckmann of Farmington; sister-in-law, Gay Ewald of Egan; special nephew, Tony (Tabitha) Benton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Ernst and Martha; and brother-in-law, John Schlauderaff.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato. COVID-19 precautions will be observed (face coverings must be worn, social distancing will be observed).

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato is serving the family, www.swansonpeterson.com, 320-286-2534.

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