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William John Templin

William John Templin, 82, of Gibbon, died Monday, September 27, 2021 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after a cancer diagnosis and a difficult summer in poor health. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Moltke Township outside Gibbon, with internment following at the church cemetery. Pastor Grant Bode of Redeemer Lutheran in New Ulm will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the service at St. Peter’s on Tuesday morning. Bill is survived by his wife, Karen; their sons, James, Jade (and Cynthia), and Justin; a granddaughter, Brenna; and sisters Janice, Charlotte, and Grace. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, April. William John Templin was born November 25, 1938 to William and Helene (Hochsprung) in New Ulm. He attended St Peter’s Lutheran grade school and graduated from Gibbon High School. He attended the University of Minnesota—St. Paul for more than three years before returning home to work on his family’s farm. He also served in the United States Army from 1961-1963. He was Moltke township clerk for 14 years. He married Karen Grewe at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which they both attended, on May 28, 1967. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran, sang in the choir, played trumpet for holidays and special occasions, and held various church leadership positions. He was remarkable father, uncle, and grandfather. He was patient and inspiring, with a quiet sense of humor, and immense pride in his home, his family, and his community. He loved sports, baseball in particular, and kept up with the latest news of the farm and events in the broader world. He enjoyed playing trumpet in the community band, and playing the National Anthem for Gibbon Reds games. Memorials can be directed to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery Fund or to Camp Daypoint/Camp Needlepoint. Camp Daypoint and Camp Needlepoint are places for kids with diabetes to meet other kids and learn together how to manage their condition in a fun and challenging summer camp environment The trumpet is quiet now, but the memories play on.

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