April 2, 1918-Oct. 2, 2012
MINNEOTA - Mass of Christian Burial for August "Gus" Lootens will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today with a Parish Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial is at St. Edward Cemetery in Minneota. Military honors provided by U.S. American Legion Post 199 of Minneota and VFW Post 5334 of Minneota.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the Minneota Manor in Minneota.
August Arthur Lootens was born April 2, 1918, in Nordland Township to Cyriel and Marie (DeGrave) Lootens. He grew up in rural Minneota and attended District 24 Country School. On Nov. 25, 1941, Gus was united in marriage to Doris Kompelien at St. Edward Catholic Church. Gus was drafted into the U.S. Army on May 25, 1942. He served in the European Theater during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he returned to farm and raised his family in rural Minneota and Porter. In 1973, he retired from farming and the couple moved to Minneota. Gus worked for the United Building Center lumber yard and the city of Minneota. He enjoyed gardening, dancing, fishing, bowling and shaking dice. Gus loved to visit and especially enjoyed a good story. He was most passionate about time spent with his family. Gus was a proud, 67-year member of the American Legion Post 199 and served as an usher at St. Edward Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Minneota; children Donald (and Marge) Lootens of Valley Springs, S.D., Elaine (and Leon) Kack of Minneota, Patricia (and Harold) DeSmet of Minneota, Betty (and Jeff) Winkels of Canby; 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyriel and Marie, sisters Alice and Margaret, one great-grandson and one great-great-grandson.
Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Directors