DeLaitsch

Jual K. DeLaitsch 1930–2020 Owatonna—Jual Kenneth (Bud) DeLaitsch was born January 31, 1930 to George and Evelyn (Lemler) DeLaitsch on the family farm near Colfax, Wisconsin and passed away April 25, 2020 at Birchwood Cottages in Owatonna, Minnesota. He was raised with five siblings, graduated from Colfax High School and attended St. Olaf College, graduating with the class of 1951. On January 17, 1953 he married his college sweetheart, Millie Tollefson, in Preston Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his position as a navigator for the U.S. Air Force where he served overseas during the Korean War. Upon discharge, he used the GI bill to gain his master's degree from Macalester College. His first and only teaching job upon graduation was at Owatonna High School, where he taught 9th grade science and was also a driver's education instructor for 36 years - retiring in 1992. Bud and Millie enjoyed time at their cabin in Wisconsin and winters in Arizona among many other varied interests in their retirement years. His passions, besides teaching, included hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and travel, as well as time spent with his family in pursuit of these activities and many others. Those who knew him will remember his independence, and the way he was never afraid to express his point of view on any subject. We all smile when we remember his practical jokes and unique sayings. Many students remember their time in his classroom with fondness and inspiration. Bud is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Dr. Alan (Maren) DeLaitsch of Owatonna, MN, Steven (Mary Jo) DeLaitsch of Waseca, MN, and Thomas (Karin) DeLaitsch of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Brian (Cassie), Jeff (Emine), David, Andy, Maria (John), Jacki (Tor) and Jeffrey (Jessy) as well as six great-grandchildren: Sam, Luke, Vera Millie, Monica, Violet and Tyr. May you celebrate Bud's life with us by enjoying the great outdoors. We also wish to express deep gratitude to his caretakers of the past 2 ½ years – staff from the Visiting Angels and Birchwood Cottages. Memorials are preferred to the Owatonna District 761 Foundation. A private graveside service is planned at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Preston, Minnesota at a later date.

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