Feb. 28, 2019
Laurel Shoutz, 84, of Forest City, died Thursday, Feb. 28, at Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center in Litchfield. Funeral service was Tuesday, March 5, at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ in Forest City. Visitation was Monday, March 4, with prayer service at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service. Visitation was also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was in Forest City Cemetery.
Laurel Henry Frank Shoutz, son of Lawrence and Dora (Ross) Shoutz, was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Forest City Township. He attended country school and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1952.
On Aug. 29, 1953, he was united in marriage to Grace Thatcher at St. Matthew’s Church in Forest City. They made their home in Forest City Township where Laurel farmed. Laurel worked as a bailiff for Meeker County. He also hauled milk, worked for Jennie-O and drove school bus while he farmed. He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Church serving on the council and as a trustee. Laurel served on the township board and also the creamery board.
He was an avid Vikings fan and enjoyed bowling, playing cards and gardening. Laurel loved farming, especially tillage work and making hay. He and Grace were foster parents to several children throughout the years. He will be remembered as a kind and giving person. Laurel would often lend a hand to a neighbor before doing his own work. He would make sure they were fed or had heat for the winter if they were in need.
He is survived by his wife Grace Shoutz of Forest City; children, Ron (Pattti) Shoutz of St. Cloud, Mark (Vickie) Shoutz of Dassel, Brian Shoutz of Forest City and Jon (Crisi) Shoutz of Forest City; grandchildren, Tiffany (Jason) Thompson, Kristina Shoutz, Nathan (Dallas) Shoutz, Jordan (Sam) Pfeninger, Amie (Tim) Langenfeld, Dorie (Jeremiah) Jessen, Casey (Angela) Shoutz, Laura Shoutz, Sara Shoutz, Abigayl Shoutz, Aleisha Shoutz and Jack Shoutz; great-grandchildren, Sage Shoutz, Cullen Thompson, Avery Thompson, Henry Pfeninger, Faith Jessen, Gavin Jessen, Jayden Jessen and Alexis Langenfeld; and sister Donna Holtz of Litchfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Gayle; sister Beverly Hartwig; and foster brother Archie Robertson.
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