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Walter August Schultz

Walter August Schultz, 87, of Lester Prairie, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at St. Mary's Senior Living Center in Winsted.

Walter August Schultz was born Nov. 10, 1915, to Ewald and Minnie (Hasse) Schultz in Bergen Township, McLeod County, on the family farm.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Bergen Township. He attended St. Peter's Parochial School, and one year of high school at the Lester Prairie Public School.

He was united in marriage to Iris Pawelk at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in New Germany Nov. 3, 1940. They were blessed with six children, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

In his early years, he played softball as a pitcher. In his early 20s, he played cornet for the Lester Prairie Town Band in parades, concerts, and Minnesota State Fair exhibitions.

Later in his life, he enjoyed attending the various activities of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Walter owned a milk, livestock, and freight trucking service, and then farmed on the family farm from 1946 until his retirement.

In his retirement, he drove school bus for several years, continued to be involved in the family farm, and took pleasure in his large family.

He enjoyed deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and fishing in addition to Holstein dairy farming.

He was a member of church boards and organizations for many years, and throughout his life he valued and enjoyed singing hymns with the congregation.

After surgery and illness in August of 2001, he resided at Burns Manor in Hutchinson, and most recently at St. Mary's Senior Living Center in Winsted.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ewald and Minnie, and sisters Edna, Alma, Lillian, Florence, and brother Elmer.

He is survived by his wife Iris, his children and their families:

Kendall and Brenda (wife Marian, deceased) Schultz of Lester Prairie, grandson Wade and Amy Schultz, great-grandsons Garrett and Taylor; granddaughter Kelli and Gregg Machemehl, and great-grandsons Benjamin and Nickolas; granddaughter Jill and Marvin Fiecke and great-grandson Trey;

Gail Stuedemann, Gerry Stuedemann of Gaylord, granddaughter Michelle and Max Ellzey; granddaughter Brenda and Danny Trout, great-grandchildren Alexander and Bethany; grandson Bryan Stuedemann; grandson Brad and Angela Stuedeman, great-grandchildren Dylan, Jake, and Hana; granddaughter Kirstin and Andrew Hanke, and great-grandchildren Megan, Devin, Madison, and Brianna;

Kathryn and Stan Hoof of Glencoe, granddaughter Sherry Hoof and fiance John Melon;

Charles and Diane Schultz of Lester Prairie and grandsons Aaron and Cullen;

Christerfer and Amy Schultz of Lester Prairie, and granddaughters Abbigayle and Emily;

Jennifer and Marc Sebora of Lester Prairie, and grandchildren Caleb and Callie.

He is further survived by sisters Alice Lester and Pearl and Waldo Stender, brother Victor and Eldores Schultz, brother-in-law Walter Rusch, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services for Walter August Schultz were Tuesday, Jan. 14, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. Grant T. Bode officiating.

The organist was Jane Holasek, and the congregational hymns were "Nearer My God To Thee," "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Jesus Loves Me."

The flute soloist was granddaughter Sherry Hoof, who played "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

A hymn in German "Muede bin Ich geh zur Ruh" and the "Lords Prayer" were sung by soloist Franklin Schoenke.

Pallbearers were Wade Schultz, Bryan Stuedemann, Brad Stuedemann, Aaron Schultz, Cullen Schultz, and Gregg Machemehl.

Arrangements were made by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.

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