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Gerald B. Hullopeter, 88, of New Richland passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at the New Richland Care Center.

A visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2017 at All Saints Catholic Church in New Richland. Funeral Mass and interment will be at a later date in the spring. Arrangements are being handled by the Starkson & Steffel Funeral and Cremation Service - McRaith Chapel of Waseca. www.wasecafuneral.com

Gerald was born October 28, 1928 to Ben and Eva (Case) Hullopeter in Tracy, MN. After schooling, Gerald farmed with his father around the Tracy area, and eventually joined the National Guard in 1950.

On September 6, 1950 Gerald married his love, Elizabeth “Betty Ann” Beert, and together raised their 10 children.

Gerald was a dedicated farmer his entire life, and worked for a few local butcher shops in the area until 1968 when he bought and ran the New Richland locker plant for over 20 years. He drove Semi with his wife after retiring and enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

He was the proud mayor of New Richland for six years, active in the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the American Legion for over 50 years.

Gerald enjoyed raising cattle, driving semi with his wife at his side and the last several years outside chopping wood. He was a very talented gardener and raised beautiful wild flowers. His grandchildren meant the world to him as did his cats!

He will be remembered for his character, work ethic and love he shared with many who knew him.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty; children, Gary (Kathy) Hullopeter, Rodney (Lesa) Hullopeter, Joan (Brad) Bartz, Keith (Donna) Hullopeter, Eva (Terry) Larsen, Helen (Rodger) Brase, Mary (Randy) Lewer, John (Linda) Hullopeter, Patrick (Barb) Hullopeter and Daniel (Brenda) Hullopeter; 31 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Elizabeth Kofstad; great-grandson, Braden Michael Hullopeter.

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