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George Disse

Oct. 24, 1917-June 29, 2009

George L. Disse, 91, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2009 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family and under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

George Louis Disse was born to Edward and Sadie (Eidenschink) Disse on Oct. 24, 1917 in Detroit Lakes. He attended school in rural Detroit Lakes, where he worked throughout his life.

George married Uda Mae Newman on Oct. 24, 1938. He and Uda were born on the same day, one year apart, and they were married on their birthdays.

In addition to farming, George worked for Quenvold Creamery. He and Uda later formed a partnership with Uda's brother, Emil "Bud" Newman and his wife, Edna, to operate Twin Haven Mink Ranch. In the early 1950s, George and Uda established Hillcrest Mink Ranch. They raised mink for nearly 50 years.

George served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Fur Breeders' Association and on the EMBA Mink Breeders' Association. He was very influential in shaping the mink farming industry. He and Uda received the Minnesota Fur Breeders' Rancher of the Year Award in 1980 and the Red River Valley Farmer of the Year Award in 1989.

George loved working hard and instilled a strong work ethic in his children. He thoroughly enjoyed life; hunting, fishing, traveling, watching the Minnesota Twins and spending time with his family. While sponsoring the Hillcrest men's softball team, he built one of the finest softball fields in the state. Age never slowed him down.

George earned his private pilot's license at the age of 65, along with a seaplane rating. In his later years, he enjoyed working in his shop, caring for his yard and taking his dogs for walks -- he in his golf cart, with the dogs running alongside.

George is survived by daughters, Gail McKenzie of Detroit Lakes and Paula (Clark) Rolfe of Fort Myers, Fla.; sons Glenn (Debbie) Disse of Detroit Lakes, Kevin (Mona) Disse of Detroit Lakes and Kent (Kim) Disse of Detroit Lakes; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; his sister, Irene Kohler of Brainerd; and two brothers, Earl (Evelyn) Disse of Wolf Lake and Wilfred "Fritz" Disse of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding George in death were his wife, Uda (Nov. 10, 2007); parents, Edward and Sadie; his brothers, Art, Walter, Leonard and Charles; his sisters, Florence Johnson and Alice Renner; and his great grandson, Hunter McKenzie.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, followed with a 7 p.m. prayer service. It will also continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 3 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with interment following in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is assisting the family with arrangements.

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