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Melvin Raymond Croat

August 31, 1924 December 19, 2009
Melvin Raymond Croat
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Obituary for Melvin Raymond Croat

Rushmore, MN

     Melvin Raymond Croat, 85, was born on August 31, 1924, in Granville, IA, the son of Fred and Rose (Gaul) Croat. As a young boy, he and his family moved to Nobles County, where he lived on various farms and attended country school District #81 in Larkin Township, before settling on the home place north of Rushmore, MN. Melvin married Donna Dammann on February 14, 1953, at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian. In addition to farming, he did custom baling, custom trucking and sold seed corn for over 30 years. Melvin was a member of St. Adrian Catholic Church and served on the Larkin Township Board for 27 years. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball, bowling and continued to enjoy watching the Minnesota Twins. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Melvin died on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at the Sanford Regional Hospital in Worthington, MN.
     Melvin is survived by seven children, Mike (Vicky) Croat of Rushmore, MN, Barb (Butch) Kruger of Fulda, MN, Kathy (Tom) Szalat of Brandon, SD, Mark (Micki) Croat of Rushmore, MN, Tom Croat of Rushmore, MN, Lori (Dan) Fauskee of Worthington, MN, and Shari (Mark) Dykema of Spirit Lake, IA; ten grandchildren, Troy, Stacey, Josh, Brandon, Jason, Samantha, Blake, Brittin, Jack and Jennifer; five step grandchildren, MeLissa, Ann, Kati, Dan and Adam, and eight step great grandchildren, Payton, Zoe, Ivy, Manika, Geno, Sam, Derrick and Trevor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna in 2007; his parents; two brothers, Wilfred Croat and Leonard Croat, and two sisters, Mildred Cape and Martha Boots.
     Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Adrian Catholic Church in Adrian, MN, with Father Timothy Hall officiating. Casket bearers will be Troy Balster, Josh, Brandon and Jason Croat, Larry and Lyle Boots, and Wendell and Michael Wagner. Honorary bearers will be Stacey Balster, Dan and Adam Christians, Samantha Croat, Blake and Brittin Fauskee and Jack and Jennifer Dykema. Burial will be in St. Adrian Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington and on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at St. Adrian Catholic Church.

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