Neil O. Denzer, age 86, of Minnesota City, Minn., passed away Monday, November 4, 2013, at Winona Health after a brief illness.
Neil was born September 24, 1927, to John and Esther (Whetstone) Denzer in Minnesota City. He attended school in Minnesota City. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served until 1948. He participated in the first atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll.
On November 18, 1950, he married Clare Rader at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Rollingstone, Minn. Neil was a local installer in the flooring business and built five houses. After he retired, he took up painting and gave away dozens of local landscape paintings.
He was a member of St. Paulís Catholic Church, Minnesota City, where he ushered for many years. He was a former member of the Minnesota City School Board and Minnesota City Fire Department.
Neil is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Clare, three sons: Daniel (Lisa) of Houston, Texas, Randall of Minneapolis, Minn., and Gary (Connie) of Minnesota City; five grandchildren: Nicholas (Sarah), Danika, Nathaniel, Kelsey, Kathryn Denzer; two great-grandchildren: Seth and Shelby; sisters-in-law Myrtle, Lola, Gertie and Jackie; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers: Orville, George, Alvin, Dale, Ray, Gene, and Oak; one sister, Buelah Diekman; brothers-in-law: Robert Rader and Raymond Diekman; and sisters-in-law: Gloria, Jeanette, and Elanora.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2013, at St. Paulís Catholic Church, Minnesota City, Minn., with Rev. William Kulas officiating. Interment will be at St. Paulís Church Cemetery with military burial rites provided by the VFW Neville-Lien Post 1287, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2013, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, and at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Parish prayers will be 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.