Erwin W. Rastede

LAUREL — Erwin W. Rastede, 100, Laurel, died Feb. 3, 2020, at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

FuneralServices will be Feb.14, at 10:30 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Laurel, with the Rev. Jeffery Warner officiating. Burial will be at the Concord Cemetery, rural Concord.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Laurel.

Pallbearers will be Brian Rastede, Steve Claude, Jason Piper, Ron Meyer, Pat Cogdill and Sam Cogdill.  

Erwin Wesley Rastede was born May 29, 1919, on a farm east of Concord, to Dietrich “Dick” Herman and Frieda Catherine (Holdorf) Rastede. He was baptized in Martinsburg, and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, east of Concord. Erwin attended rural school at Myrtle Creek in Dixon County. In 1940, he went to Idaho and worked harvesting potatoes. After harvest season, he returned to Nebraska to farm with his father. In 1944, Erwin married Ella Marie Cogdill in Coleridge, and began farming on his own east of Concord. In 1946, he moved to a farm two and one half miles southeast of Laurel on Highway 15 and farmed nine years at that location. In 1955, the Rastede family moved to a farm two and one half miles south of Laurel, where he farmed until his retirement in April 1984. He, however, remained on the farm site for many more years. After retiring from farming, Erwin remained actively working for Art Lipp Construction and on Wednesdays at the Laurel Sales Company, Inc.

Erwin is survived by two children, Gary (Judy) Rastede, Concord, and Diane Piper and friend, Ron Meyer, Jefferson City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Brian (Shanna) Rastede, Hoskins; Teresa (Steve) Claude, Waverly, Iowa; Kristi Rastede, Norfolk; and Jason (Mindy) Piper, New Bloomfield, Mo.; six great-grandchildren, Jaden, Nevaeh, Braxton, Kianna Rastede, Hoskins; Vailen Claude, Waverly, Iowa; and Andrew Piper, Alexis and C.J. Mears, all of New Bloomfield, Mo.

Erwin was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Frieda Rastede.

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