Martin Kuphal Jr., age 77, husband of LuAnn, of Gaylord, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center in Le Sueur.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, February 15, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, February 14, 2020, from 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Martin Kuphal Jr. was born on June 18, 1942, in Gaylord, Minnesota. He was the son of Martin A. and Esther (Podratz) Kuphal. Junior was baptized as an infant on July 12, 1942, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 25, 1956, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. He received his education in Gaylord and was a graduate of the Gaylord High School Class of 1960.
On June 23, 1962, Junior was united in marriage to LuAnn Mehlhop at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Arlington. After their marriage, the couple resided in Gaylord. They were blessed with four children. He was employed as a bulk fuel driver for Ed Henke and Cenex for several years before he bought the Skelly bulk fuel business and then eventually the Skelly service station. He owned and operated Skelly until his health forced him to retire from the business in 1984. He then went to work for Cenex in small engine sales and service. He eventually started his own small engine repair service and enjoyed his many customers and repairing equipment until November of 2019, when his health no longer allowed him to do so. Over the years, Junior had many heart issues and was fortunate enough to have a heart transplant in 2011. Junior and LuAnn shared 57 years of marriage.
Junior was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord and served many years on the Immanuel Lutheran Church Council as an Elder and school board member. He was a member of the Gaylord Fire Department for 12 years and a 35 year member of the Gaylord Baseball Association.
Junior enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete in sports, playing cards, fishing and loved to have coffee with friends. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Junior is survived by his:
Wife, LuAnn Kuphal of Gaylord, MN;
Children, Brenda Poquette and her significant other, Scott Dallmann of Gaylord, MN,
Scott Kuphal and his wife, Katie of Gaylord, MN,
Amy Swenson and her husband, Erin of Gaylord, MN, and
Stacy Latzke and her husband, Fred of Gaylord, MN;
Grandchildren, Langdon and Zafre Poquette, Andrew Swenson, Mason, Madison, McKenzie and Mara Latzke;
Sister, Doris Martens and her husband, Kenny of Gaylord, MN;
Brothers, Marvin Kuphal and his wife, Janice of Gaylord, MN, Karl Kuphal and his wife, Sue of Gaylord, MN;
Sisters-in-law, Janette Kuphal of Gaylord, MN, Elizabeth Kuphal of Gaylord, MN, and Lorna Kuphal of Gaylord, MN;
Many Nieces, Nephews, other relatives and friends.
Junior was preceded in death by his Parents, Martin and Esther Kuphal; Sister, Delores Swanson; Brothers, Irwin Kuphal, Sidney Kuphal, and Albert Kuphal; Father-in-law, John Mehlhop; Mother-in-law, Ella Mehlhop; Sisters-in-law, Virginia Mehlhop and Dorene Willmsen; Brothers-in-law, Howard Mehlhop, Alton Swanson, and Reuben Willmsen.