Elmer F. Schuette, age 76, of Howard Lake, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, surrounded by his family, after a six-month courageous battle with lymphoma.
He was born Jan. 5, 1934, at Norwood, to Ernst and Mary (Peters) Schuette. Elmer grew up in Norwood, and graduated from Central High School of Norwood in 1952.
He entered the US Army and served from 1954-1956.
Elmer married Carol Tesch June 14, 1959, at Mayer United Methodist Church. The couple lived in Minneapolis for a year, then Watertown for a year, before moving to Howard Lake in 1961.
For 60 years Elmer was a truck driver, and he loved trucking. He won several awards for safe driver, and was most recently employed at Wilson Lines in St. Paul.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and listening to polka music; and he loved animals and snowmobile trips. He was also fond of John Deere tractors, and vacations to Branson, MO.
Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Carol; daughters Charleen Schuette, Dawn Thorne, and Kris (Darren) Remer, all of Howard Lake; a son, Kyle (Angela) of Waconia; and grandchildren Zach, Megan, Brandon, Marissa, Kayla, Abby, Carolyn, Kiana, Isabellah, Parker, Ashton, and Justice.
He is further survived by a brother, Roy (Mary Ann) of Hamberg; a sister, Estella (Warren) Sarvela of Minneapolis; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Tepe of Roberts, WI; as well as other relatives and friends.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Ernst and Mary; brothers Wilmar and Raymont; and sisters Helen Bartels and Viola Tepe.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Howard Lake, with interment in the Mayer United Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.