Ellsworth “Shorty” Kaiser, age 101, died Friday, December 8, 2017 at the RC Hospital in Olivia. Funeral services are Saturday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Danube with Rev. Michael Kuschel officiating. Burial is in St. Matthew’s South Cemetery, rural Danube. Visitation is Friday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia from 5-7 p.m. and continues Saturday at the church for one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Lambs Learning Center or Danube Historical Society.
Ellsworth Adolph Kaiser was born June 14, 1916 at Danube, MN, to George Adolph and Bertha Otillia (Tepfer) Kaiser. He grew up at Danube and attended Danube schools. Shorty then worked with his father as a maintainer plowing roads and doing upkeep. He married Alice Ida Boehlert on September 5, 1937 and they were blessed with four children. Shorty and Marvin Schroeder formed a partnership where he ran the Washed Sand business and Marvin the Danube Dray Line. Their partnership continued almost 35 years until Marvin’s death in 1980. Shorty was very active at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on the Church Council and over 40 years on the Cemetery Board. He served on the Danube School Board and was a past President. He was also a member of the Danube Rod and Gun Club and a member of Neogahbow Hunting Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, camping, traveling, and had played the trombone in the Danube Community Band for many years. Shorty truly loved time spent with his family especially at the family cabin on Green Lake where he could often be found pulling skiers or even skiing himself. Shorty was able to be in his own home until just recently when he became a resident of the RenVilla Nursing Home.
Shorty is survived by his four children: Barbara (and Dick) Gunderson of Scottsdale, AZ, Gary (and Diane) Kaiser of Pelican Rapids, Nancy (and Jim) Klecker of Shorewood and Alan Kaiser of Danube; his six grandchildren: Gary Kaiser of Detroit Lakes, Stacy (and Mark) Shaleen of Plymouth, Michele (and Bryon) Chapman of Otsego, Lance (and Candace) Kaiser of Buffalo, Shannon (and Jeff) Rye of Fargo, ND, and Shaun Gunderson of Appleton, WI; and his 10 great-grandchildren: Richie DelViscio, Charlie DelViscio, Nicholas Shaleen, David Shaleen, Colin Chapman, Cade Chapman, Mason Blank, Lauren Kaiser, Elle Kaiser, and August Kaiser. Shorty was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Alice Kaiser in 1994; his brother LeRoy “Bud” Kaiser and special friend, Helen Maurice.
Blessed Be His Memory
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