Augie “Buzz” James Bloedel | News, Sports, Jobs

augie “Buzz” James Bloedel, 84 of New Ulm, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 2022 at Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm. Perry Wieland will officiate the service, and interment will follow in New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes-North Chapel in New Ulm. The tour will continue from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood United Methodist Church.

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Augie is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean Bloedel of New Ulm; his daughters, Michele (Ron) Drahota of New Ulm, Krista (Joe) Kennedy of Andover; his sons, Dana (Pam) Bloedel of Denton, Texas, Todd (Barb) Bloedel of Hawick; his 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 more to come; his brother, Doug (Carol) Bloedel of Marshfield, Wisconsin; and several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

His parents predeceased him; his sister, Beverly Bradley; and his brothers, Wally, Kenny, Ed, Jack and Barry Bloedel.

augie “Buzz” James Bloedel was born on May 17, 1937 in New Ulm to August and Magdalena (Bauman) Bloedel. He grew up in New Ulm and graduated in 1955 from New Ulm High School. On October 19, 1957, Buzz married Jean Hauptli in a small country church near Rowena, Minnesota. This union blessed the couple with two daughters and two sons, whom they raised together in St. Cloud and later in New Ulm. Early in his life, Buzz worked in the family business, Bloedel Monument in New Ulm, where he learned the trade of working granite and concrete. He then became a police officer and served for almost a decade in Saint-Cloud. Buzz then moved his family to New Ulm in 1974 and entered the trucking industry, where he worked for his brother, Barry, at New Ulm Freight Lines before becoming his own boss as an owner-operator. from Viking Trucking in New Ulm. Besides his job, there were a variety of hobbies that Buzz enjoyed in life. As an outdoor enthusiast, he always enjoyed a relaxing trip to the lake to go fishing, and also enjoyed socializing and having fun over a hand of cards with his family and friends. Countless memories have been made over the years with his family at their Long Lake cabin. He was a dedicated member of Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm, where he volunteered many hours helping with church dinners, as well as a congregation handyman, where he helped painting and doing all the general upkeep the church needed. Buzz will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Blessed be his memory.

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