Herman Bottelberghe, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at the Sanford Canby Medical Center in Canby, Minn.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Minneota, Minn. Burial is at St. Edward Catholic Cemetery in Minneota. Military honors will be provided by U.S. American Legion Post 199 and VFW Post 5334 of Minneota.
Visitation is Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rehkamp – Horvath Funeral Home in Minneota. Visitation will continue from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Herman Hector Bottelberghe was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Eidsvold Township to Hector and Estella (DeCock) Bottelberghe. He grew up on the family farm near Minneota. Herman served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1948.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to Minneota. On Feb. 7, 1950, he married Annie Hamerlinck at St. Edward Catholic Church. The couple farmed and raised their family in rural Minneota. In 1974, they moved to town and Herman worked for the fertilizer plant until his retirement. Herman was a lifelong member of St. Edward Catholic Church and served as an usher.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, playing cards and feeding squirrels and birds. He was most passionate about spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Annie, of Minneota; daughter-in-law Julie Bottelberghe of Minneota, son Roger (Charlene) Bottelberghe of Brookings, son Leo (Deb) Bottelberghe of Minneota, son Michael (Deb) Bottelberghe of Walnut Grove Minn.; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; brother Raymond (Bertha) Bottelberghe, sister Delores Vlaminck, and sister Beatrice (and John) Vlaminck, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Harold, sister and brother–in-law Lorraine and Cyriel Vlaminck, brother-in-law Andrew Vlaminck and nephew John Bottelberghe.