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Edwin Prescher

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Edwin Charles Prescher, 92, of Battle Lake, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at his home at the Lakeview Senior Living Apartments in Battle Lake.

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He was born Aug. 18, 1916, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Emil and Bessie Mae (Kramel) Prescher. He attended school in Omaha. On Sept. 23, 1938, he was secretly married to Bette Ruth Wilson. One year later they had a public wedding. They were happily married for almost 68 years.

He was a tool and die maker and worked many years for Baker Ice Machine Company in Omaha. In 1948, he and Bette purchased Balmoral Resort and Pavilion and booked bands from all over the United States to play. For a few years he drove a school bus for the Battle Lake Public School and loved hauling the sports teams. In 1972, they sold the store and dance pavilion. A portion of the lakeshore was sold in 1982 and Balmoral Condominiums were built on the site. They operated the Balmoral RV Park until 2001, at which time they retired after more than 50 years in business.

He and Bette loved to travel and had been to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Far East. For 26 years they lived in Weslaco, Texas, during the winter. He was very mechanical and could fix anything. In his younger years he enjoyed racing cars. He was truly a people's person who enjoyed visiting. He also enjoyed his family, his grandchildren and especially his 68 years with Bette. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake.

The service was held Monday, May 25 at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake with the Rev. Magnus Peterson officiating. The funeral home in charge of arrangements was Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Battle Lake. Condolences can be sent to: www.glendenilson.com.

Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (Tom) Zosel of Otter Tail Lake (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Gay (Larry) Dennison of Otter Tail Lake (Burnsville, Minn.); five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Bette, on August 30, 2006.

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