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William C. Gauger, 88

William Clarence Gauger, 88, of Red Wing, died Monday, April 21, at the Seminary Home in Red Wing.

He was born March 22, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn., son of Clarence and Lizetta (Gosse) Gauger. He attended school in Winona. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.

On Dec. 11, 1948, William married Eleanor Stansfield in Winona. The couple made their home in Minneapolis, until moving to Washington state in 1952. In 1971, the couple moved to Red Wing, where William worked for NSP until retiring in 1991. Eleanor died on March 15, 2011.

William was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Leo C. Peterson American Legion Post #54 and the Red Wing Elks Club #845. He enjoyed traveling, especially wintering in Texas. He also liked to go camping, fishing and hunting.

William is survived by his three children, Donna Steffenhagen of Red Wing, Pat (Terry) Reglin of Ellsworth, Wis., and Dave (Nan) Gauger of Miesville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Barbie; one son, Bob; one grandson, Ben Gauger; and two brothers, Donald and Lewis.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with Reverend Kristen Schlauderaff officiating. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha, with full Military Honors by American Legion Post #50 and VFW Post #4086 both of Wabasha. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are preferred to Red Wing Mayo Clinic Hospice.

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