LaRell Kettner

LaRell Kettner

LaRell Kettner, 84, of Springfield, died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield and will continue on Saturday from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the Sundown Lutheran Church in Sundown Township.

Funeral service will be held at the Sundown Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Nita Harberts officiating. Interment will be at the Sundown Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by John Watson American Legion Post 257.    

LaRell Virgil Kettner was born January 1, 1932, in Sundown Township, Redwood County, Minnesota, to Theodore and Frieda (Drusch) Kettner. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Springfield. LaRell attended country school No. 27 in Sundown Township through the sixth-grade, then attended Springfield Public School. He served as a computer operator in the 68th Anti-aircraft Artillery with the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. LaRell was honorably discharged on August 19, 1954. He was united in marriage to Shirley Knudson on August 25, 1956, at Albion Lutheran Church. They were married for 59+ years. The couple worked the family Century Farm and LaRell also worked for North Star Seed and Sawvell’s Feed & Seed while raising certified seed for many years. He was an active member of Sundown Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council, and was a member and former chairman of school district No. 1750, which was originally school district No. 27. He also served on the St. John Lutheran Home Board for several years. LaRell enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards at Fritz’s, and softball and baseball. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Springfield; daughters, Julie Plantenberg of Avon, Leanne (Scott) Van Doren of Shakopee, Marni (Joseph) Rygalski of Strongsville, Ohio, Kari (Peter) Rudh of Rothsay, and Nancy (Jason) Burton of New Brighton; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty (Cecil) Seim of Eagan, and Ardis (Max) Groebner of New Ulm; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Theodore and Frieda Kettner; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Stella Knudson; son-in-law, Richard Plantenberg, in 1996; brother, T. Delbert Kettner; and sister-in-law, Joan Kettner in 1996.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at




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