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Ernest Passer, 75, Wells

Ernest Edward Passer, 75, of Wells, died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester due to complications of diabetes. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The Rev. Peter Soli will officiate and interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Wells. Military honors will be accorded by the Wells Color Guard. Please see www.brussheitner.com to leave online condolences. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Passer

Ernest Passer

Ernest was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Albert Lea to Howard and Edna (Tatge) Passer. He graduated from Wells High School in 1956, and he served in the National Guard from 1961 to 1967. He was united in marriage to Patricia Weigel June 23, 1972, in Marshfield, Wis. Ernest was a very devoted and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. One of his special joys was attending the sporting events of his three children. He loved being a farmer, and he had a special interest in cattle production. Ernest was the fourth generation on the family farm.

Ernest is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; three children Robert (Jodi) Passer of Wells, Julie (Pete) Vander Bleek of DeKalb, Ill., and Jane (Mark) Domroese of La Crosse, Wis.; 10 grandchildren Madison and Ethan Passer, Reagan, Charlie, Samantha, Henry and Ruby Vander Bleek and Elise, Lauren and Valerie Domroese; a sister, Nordean (Duane) Frank of Bismarck, N.D.; niece, Kim Oster, of Denver, Colo.; and nephew, Kevin Frank, of Bismarck.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family wishes to thank the dialysis staff at Health Reach for the loving care they gave Ernie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation, 1970 Oakcrest Avenue, #208, St. Paul, MN 55113, or the local dialysis unit at Health Reach, 1705 SE Broadway Ave., Albert Lea, MN 56007.