Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Valentine "Val" Dufner of Watkins died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital, He was 76.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas with Fr. Tom Olson and Fr. Richard Gross officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, and from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins. Watkins Senior Citizens, St. Nicholas Men's Society and the Knights of Columbus will pray the rosary at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, followed by parish prayers at 5 p.m. Watkins Legion prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. and Watkins Lions Club at 7 p.m. Interment will be at the St. Nicholas Cemetery.
Val Dufner was born to Jacob and Leona (Roering) Dufner April 27, 1934, in St. Martin. He was united in marriage to Theresa Frank May 30, 1960. He farmed in Watkins until his retirement in 2003. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and a member of the Watkins American Legion Post 453. He was also a member of the St. Nicholas Men's Society, Watkins Senior Citizens, Watkins Lions Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of the Eden Valley-Watkins school board, the Watkins Sportsman's Club, and the NRA.
Val was preceded in death by his parents; wife Theresa; sons Duane, Darren, and Douglas; and brother Jim Dufner.
He is survived by his children David (and Mayen) Dufner of Albertville, Donald (and Stacy) Dufner of Belleville, Ill., Dale Dufner (and friend Janet Kuechle) of Watkins, Dennis (and Lisa) Dufner of Cold Spring, Deanna (and Robert) Kulzer of Farming, Daniel Dufner of Waite Park, Debra (and Dan) Goebel of St. Martin, Dean (and Nancy) Dufner of Cold Spring; daughter-in-law Sharla Dufner of Watkins; 32 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Allen and Donna Dufner of Melrose, Ginny and Tom Borgerding of Melrose, Ronald (and Dorothy) Dufner of Albany, Darlene (and John) Borgerding of Leesburg Fla., Diane (and Jerry) Christen of Sauk Centre, Mary Jane (and Roger) Pundsack of Melrose; sister-in-law Diane Machtmes of Paynesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Music will be by Julene Faber-Andrusick. Casket bearers will be Val's six sons David, Donald, Dale, Dennis, Daniel, and Dean Dufner.