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Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Sunday April 23rd, 2017

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Gerald Dean Mittag

Gerald Dean Mittag, 75, passed away after a short illness, Saturday, April 8, 2017, surrounded by his family at Mercy Hospital, Mason City, IA.  He leaves his children, Clark Mittag (Becky), Glenville, MN, Craig Mittag (Anita), Prescott, IA, Jay Mittag (Heidi) Aplington, IA, and Jill Strangstalien (Jeff) Westby, WI, 10 grandchildren, Adam Mittag (Ilene), Andrew Mittag (Danielle), Jonathan Mittag, Tucker Mittag, Tess Mittag, Chelsea Mittag, Francesca Mittag, Brady Strangstalien (Jamie Trembula), Holly Olerud (Alleck), Samuel Strangstalien, and 1 great-grandchild, Leo Strangstalien.

Born March 8, 1942, the son of Gaylen and Pearl (Virchow) Mittag, he was raised and a  lifelong resident of the Myrtle area.

After graduating from Glenville High School in May 1960, Gerald married Arlyce Schilling on September 24.  They resided in rural Myrtle where together they raised their 4 children.  They ended their marriage in 1989. He was remarried to Judy Draayer the following year, and they were married for 21 years.  Gerald spent his early years farming with his father and also raising livestock, working at the Northwood Sale Barn and hauling cattle.  After farming, he worked for Speltz Elevator, Myrtle and McFarland Trucking.  

Gerald had a passion for livestock and loved traveling to fairs and livestock shows to watch his children and grandchildren.  He also enjoyed meeting new friends, telling jokes, going to auctions, spending time with his family, and wintering in Fort Myers, FL.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren, great grandchild, sisters Darlene Hauge (LaVerne), Marilyn            Anderson, brother Ray Mittag (Lydia), Aunt Fern Virchow, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.   Gerald is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Paul A. Schmidt and Larry Williamson.

A private family grave side service will be held at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery, rural Myrtle, MN.  An open house in remembrance of Gerald will be held Sunday, April 23, from 2-5 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Myrtle, MN.  .  Online condolences are welcome at: www.bayviewfuneral.com. 


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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on April 19, 2017

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 17 2017 12:00 AM

Gerald moved into the Tropicana Park where we meet this year. I did not get to know him well but he was always ready to visit anyone. We connected because we are from Minnesota and he knew my dad who lived in Albert Lea. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Larry Schneider Apr 13 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gerald Mittag

Judy Mittag Apr 12 2017 12:00 AM

Very sorry for the family's loss it's tough to lose dad my thoughts and prayers are with you all

Chip hall Apr 11 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about our dad. It is so hard to loose parents. We are glad u have such a supportive family. Will include u in our prayers.

Russ and Jan Goldsmith Apr 10 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Apr 10 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Big G (as he was know to us) He was our next door neighbor for many years in Ft Myers. He loved riding around in his golf cart and visiting with everyone in the park. He had a great winter this year. He will be missed.

Joan and Dick Stinson Apr 9 2017 12:00 AM

To my cousins, Clark, Craig, Jay, and Jill
My thoughts and prayers are with you with the passing of your father.

Joyce Harder Apr 9 2017 12:00 AM