Harold William Schilling, age 80, of rural Annandale died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Gaylord, the second of seven children born to Alexander and Pauline (Bomersine) Schilling.
Harold was baptized, and later confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. His Confirmation memory verse was Matthew 26:41.
He attended Immanuel Lutheran School in Gaylord, and graduated from Gaylord High School in 1949.
Harold honorably served his country in the US Army from 1951 to 1953. As a sergeant, he did two tours during the Korean War, earning the Purple Heart.
After military service, he attended Augsburg College.
Harold Schilling and Harriet Hanson were joined in holy marriage Dec. 22, 1956, in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage with two daughters.
Harold was formerly employed by Sheehy Construction Company in St. Paul for over 30 years, serving in many capacities.
He loved his small farm in Albion Township, where he raised beef cattle and pheasants, and grew vegetables, which he happily shared with anyone who wanted them.
He enjoyed cooking for family, feeding wild birds, gardening, taking care of his animals, getting together with his friends, and helping others.
A faithful member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township, Wright County, Harold served as trustee and could often be found at the church doing odd jobs, including the removal of snow for many years.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Darcia (Andrew) Tatham of West St. Paul, and Debra (Wayne) Seppelt of Howard Lake; a granddaughter, Anneliese Tatham; siblings Donald Schilling of Florida, Arlene Schilling of St. Paul, and Ruth Ludwig of Colorado; six sisters-in-law, Joyce Perrault of Arlington, Bev Schilling of St. Paul, Lu Schilling of Washington, Ruth Schilling of Arlington, Lois Hanson of Minneapolis, and Elvera Wood of Wisconsin; and other relatives and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his loving wife, Harriet Schilling, in 2002; his parents, Alexander and Pauline; and by three brothers, Edward, Dale, and John.
Visitation took place Sunday, May 15 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by the funeral service with Pastor Lynn Machula officiating. Interment with military rites was at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Todd Schilling, Joe Carlson, Elisabeth Edmonson, Tim Edmonson, Wayne Seppelt, and Andrew Tatham.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.