Paul Irrthum, age 86, of Farmington, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Regina Senior Living Community in Hastings.
Paul Francis Irrthum was born on September 20, 1931 in Hampton Township, the son of John P. and Gertrude (Hoffmann) Irrthum. He grew up in the Hampton area and attended country school. Paul graduated from Randolph High School in 1948 at the age of 16. He worked various jobs in the Cannon Falls area; hauling milk, construction work, etc. He then was drafted into the US Army and was sent to serve our country in Korea on his 21 st birthday. Following his discharge from the service Paul returned to this area and worked for the gas company in Cannon Falls and for Searle Grain. He attended the VoTech in Inver Hills. On October 26, 1957, Paul was united in marriage to Sara Perron in Mendota. They were married for over sixty years. He farmed and worked many years as a heavy equipment operator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Paul and Sara were members of St. Mathias Catholic Church in Hampton. He loved the outdoors, tinkering in his shop, his family and friends, and most of all, loved his grandkids.
Survivors include his wife Sara; children Daniel (Jennifer) Irrthum and Carol (Mike) Hopkins; grandchildren Terryn (Tony) Kocemba, John (Sara) Hopkins, Dani Hopkins, Stacy Buchanan, and Josh Andersen; great–grandchildren Henry, Raelee, Gabriel, and Owen; sisters-in-law, Mary Irrthum and Lois Gangl; brother-in-law, Richard Lannon; and many nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents John and Gertrude; his brothers Walter and Jerry, and two brothers in infancy, Raymond and John; and sisters Veronica Seleski and Doloris Irrthum.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Mathias Catholic Church, 23315 Northfield Blvd., Hampton, MN 55031. There will be a visitation from 4-7:00 PM, Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Lundberg Funeral Home, 5839 Highway 19 Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55009. There will also be a visitation from 10-11:00 am at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in the St. Pius V Catholic Cemetery, Cannon Falls, with military honors accorded. Memorials are preferred to St. Mathias Catholic Church.