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“Neil, I am sorry for your loss. It has been quite a few years since the days of riding the school bus to your place everyday. Time passes by too...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Scott Sukalski - St. Michael, MN

“MaeJean and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. It isn't easy as it is permanent. Going back and forth to St.Lukes will be over now and Howard...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Dale and Karen Bleess - MN

“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Neil and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Paul ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Paul Jones - Menahga, MN

“Neil and family: I am so sorry to hear you have lost your father. It is really hard to lose a parent, no matter how old you are. Please accept...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kris Smith Bowder - Le Sueur, MN

“My sympathy to all of you. Many great memories with the Zierke's! Sleep overs, kitties, Horse riding, PIG riding!! Laughing & starting to think about...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Cindy Lyon - Blue Earth, MN

Howard W Zierke, age 86, of Blue Earth, died Saturday, September 1, 2012, at St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 04, 2012, at 10:00 AM, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth, with Rev. Wesley Hafner officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Visitation time will be Monday, September 4, 2012 from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th Street in Blue Earth and one hour prior to the service at the church. Web tributes may be left at He was born December 26, 1925, at home in Elmore Townhship, MN, the son of Henry Zierke and Hilda Madetzke. He grew up in Elmore, and graduated from Elmore High School in 1943. After graduating he entered the United States Navy for 2 years. Returning home in 1945 he began farming with his father on the Zierke family farm. On November 24, 1951 he married Mae Jean Leach Bassett at the First United Methodist Church in Blue Earth. Howard liked to read, enjoyed fishing, flying, watching football & baseball, and most of all, traveling to see family. He was member of the VFW, and a lifetime member of the American Legion. He is survived by his spouse, Mae Jean Zierke of Blue Earth, son Mark (Diane) Bassett of Chippewa Falls, WI, son Neal (Denise) Zierke of Haymarket, VA, daughter Jennifer (Randy) Hauth of New Ulm, MN, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Craig Zierke, daughter Stephanie Teynor, brother Merle Zierke, sister Marilyn Jordan, and parents.