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Obituary: Francis G. Mahowald, 94

Francis Mahowald, Aug. 28, 1918 - Aug. 31, 2012, was a well-known contractor.

Francis G. Mahowald, 94, of Lakeville, died on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

Mahowald was a lifetime Lakeville resident and charter member of the Lakeville Fire Department. He was employed as a defense worker building ships in Savage during World War II. Most of his career was dedicated to his construction company, however. He was the owner of F.G. Mahowald Cement Construction until retirement. Lately, he was best known as a senior member of the 5 a.m. breakfast club at the Buckboard Restaurant. His family describes him as an avid fisherman who had lived a full life. 

Mahowald is preceded in death by his previous wives; Marcella Friedges (1981) and Irene Donnelly Ruddle (2003).

He is survived by children and stepchildren, Bob (Diane) and Kevin (Mary Kay) Mahowald, Karen (Bob) Riedfort, Linda Ruddle, Pat (Jim) Dooley, Bob (Katie) Ruddle, Gary Ruddle, Kathy Rollman; 17 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; also special friend Shirley Bjerke.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville. Visitation from is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at White Funeral Home in Lakeville, and one hour prior to the mass at the church. Interment will take place at All Saints Cemetery in Lakeville.

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