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Cecil E. Schlagel

Cecil E. Schlagel, age 84 of Rush City, and formerly of Howard Lake, died Oct. 25, 2005 at the St. Benedict’s Senior Community Center in St. Cloud.

Cecil was born Feb. 12, 1921 to Michael and Margaret Schlagel at their farm home in Howard Lake. He grew up in the Howard Lake area, and attended Holy Trinity School through the eighth grade.

Cecil moved to Emerald, Wis. in 1936 to work for the Interstate Lumber Company, where his older brother, Bill, was manager.

He began his basic training in the Army field artillery in 1942. Then, in 1943, he transferred to an Air Force Army Air Base. Nine months later, Cecil was transferred overseas, where he flew 46 combat missions in the South Pacific. In these combat missions, Cecil flew in B-25 fighter planes as a top turret gunner.

He was honorably discharged from the service in 1945, and returned to work at the Interstate Lumberyard. Later, he was employed at the Mahtomedi Lumberyard.

Cecil was united in marriage to Lorraine Moore June 18, 1947 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Erin Prairie, Wis.

Later that year, Cecil and Lorraine moved to Harris, where Cecil was hired as a manager for the Harris Interstate Lumberyard. A month later, Cecil and Lorraine moved to Rush City because Cecil accepted a managerial position at the Rush City Interstate Lumberyard.

Cecil and Lorraine were blessed with three sons: Bob, Kevin, and Larry. As his sons were growing up, Cecil served on the Rush City School Board for several years. He also enjoyed watching his sons participate in high school and college athletics.

After serving as manager for 35 years at the Rush City Interstate Lumberyard, Cecil retired in April of 1983.

Cecil was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW, and the American Legion. He was also an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Cecil enjoyed fishing, golfing, going to the casino, reading, watching sports, watching his grandchildren’s activities, and going for coffee.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sons Bob (Shari) of Rush City, Kevin (Pam) of St. Cloud, and Larry (Lori) of North Branch; grandchildren Cory, Alissa, Kari, Ryan (Lindsay), Jamie, and Leah; sister Dorothy Kritzeck of Howard Lake; brothers Donald (Myrtle) of Howard Lake, and Alden (Betty) of Woodbury; sisters-in-law Mary Schlagel of Eagan, and Margaret (Tom) Stephens of New Richmond, Wis.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Margaret Schlagel; and brothers William and Gilbert Schlagel.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Oct. 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rush City with the Rev. Xavier Thelakkatt officiating. Nancy Sterk was the organist, and the soloist was Paula Belland. Interment was at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Rush City.

Casket bearers were grandchildren Cory, Alissa, Kari Ryan, Jamie, and Leah Schlagel. Honorary casket bearers included Wes Gustad, Jim Olson, Allan Johnson, Fred Engler, Bob Booth, Rich Drevecky, Keith Potter, and Dale Ditter.

Arrangements were by the Funeral and Cremation Service, Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City.

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