Elton Emil Schuette, age 84, of Delano, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Delano, with a gathering of family and friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m., prior to the service at the church. A private inurnment with military honors will take place at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Elton was born April 20, 1930, in Plato, to Emil and Martha (Elling) Schuette.
He graduated from Glencoe High School in 1948, and enrolled at Dunwoody Technical Institute.
Elton was drafted and served in the US Army in Germany during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1952.
He was united in marriage to Gloria A. Eng Feb. 26, 1955, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Odin, MN. The couple lived in Minneapolis and Bloomington. In 1969, the family relocated to rural Delano, where they built the house that Elton designed for the family.
Elton worked for 50 years in the reinforcing steel industry at Gruman Steel, and as president of Schad Engineering. In the 1970s, he also started farming the land in Delano.
Elton was active in his church and was a dedicated volunteer. He enjoyed time at the lake cabin on Sugar Lake in Maple Lake, and spending time with the family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Myron Schuette, Roland Schuette, and Willmer Schuette; two sisters, Norma Schuette and Joyce Templin; and a brother-in-law, Earl Templin.
Elton is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Gloria; children Doug (Judy) Schuette, Beth (Frank) Boyle, and Lori (Steve) Checkal; six grandchildren, Jake (Chelsea) Checkal, Luke Checkal, Caleb Checkal, Rachel Boyle, Daniel Boyle, and Matt Schuette; three great-granddaughters, Charlotte, Naomi, and Annabelle Checkal; sisters Elaine Schuette, and Lois (Dave) Greene; sisters-in-law Marianne Schuette, Dorothy Schuette, and Mavis Schuette; and many other relatives and friends.