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November 17, 2019

10/16/2019 10:58:00 AM
Funeral for Paul Gathje held Oct. 16 in Chatfield

Paul R. Gathje, 85, a longtime Stewartville farmer and auctioneer, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, after a short illness with cancer.
The funeral service was held Oct. 16, 2019 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatfield, with Rev. Peter Haugen officiating. Burial followed at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove.
Paul Ralph Gathje was born on July 14, 1934, in Dover to Raymond and Martha (Brandt) Gathje. He grew up and attended school in Pleasant Grove and Stewartville and served in the U. S. Army.
Paul was married on April 28, 1956, in Rochester, to Nell Marie Plude. Following their marriage, the couple continued to live and work on his family's farm in Pleasant Grove, where they farmed, raised their family, and lived for a number of years.
Paul became an auctioneer at age 19 and ran Paul Gathje Auction Service into his late 70s. He held many estate and farm sales throughout Southeastern Minnesota for over 55 years. Paul was a longtime member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatfield. Paul enjoyed farming with his son, Andy, conversations with friends and family and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Paul is survived by his wife, Nell; three daughters and a son, Mary Jo (Tim) Lavin of Sheridan, Wyo., Karen Inglebret of Rochester, Lisa (Greg) Campbell of Stewartville, and Andy (Nora) Gathje or rural Stewartville; grandchildren, Samantha (Brady) Lorenzen, Jessie (Nick) Riley, CJ (Amanda) Inglebret, Alex (Maggie) Campbell, Robby (Karlie) Campbell, Andrew, Bennett, and Henry Gathje; great-grandchildren, Lennox, Westin, Emmerson,Lillian, Greyson and Harrison; two brothers, Dan (Maryann) Gathje of Rochester and George Gathje of Afton; a sister, Jane (Vic) Gardner of Winona; sister-in-law, Bonnie Gathje of Pine Island, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Martha; his brother, Arnold; and an infant daughter, Esther Ann.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul Evangalical Lutheran Church in Chatfield.
Condolences and memories of Paul are welcome at

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