Walter Baustian Jr.
Walter Henry Baustian Jr., 84, Luverne, died Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Burial will be in the St. Catherine Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Luverne American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Walter Baustian Jr. was born on April 1, 1934, to Walter Sr. and Frances (Brandenburg) Baustian as the tenth of twelve children, living most of his life on a farm in Springwater Township in Rock County. Walter attended country school in Rock County and graduated from Luverne High School in 1952. Following his graduation, he helped on the family farm and then served in the United States Navy from November 1955 to August 1957.
Walter married Jean Siemonsma on Aug. 12, 1958, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Humboldt, South Dakota. The couple farmed northwest of Luverne for over 50 years before retiring and moving to Luverne. Following retirement, Walter worked at the Minnesota Travel Center until 2014.
Walter was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church, serving as a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus, joyfully handing out Tootsie Rolls and working the Friday fish fry during the Lenten Season. He enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow Knights and worked to perfect his bowling game every Wednesday night. In his later years, visits from grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him great joy.
Walter is survived by his wife, Jean Baustian, Luverne; six children, Mike (Cyndy) Baustian of Jasper, Diane (Andy) Kunkel of East Wenatchee, Washington; Lori Edmundson of Harrison, Montana, Pat (Katie) Baustian of Luverne, Kim (Mike) Mohr of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Kris (Tom) Denevan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 24 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law Jim Smart, LaHarpe, Kansas; siblings Neva Clausen of Luverne, Lester Baustian of Brandon, South Dakota, Joan Baustian, Adrian, Michigan; and sister-in-law Mitzi Baustian of Jasper.
He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin sisters, three brothers, Elaine Slaughter, Virgil “Bud”, Melvin, Norbert, Herbert, and Jerry; and a daughter Lisa Smart in 2003.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials directed to Luverne Hospice or the St. Catherine Kitchen Renovation Fund.
Arrangements are provided by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, www.dingmannandsons.com.