Gary Schlechter, age 66, of New Germany passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Community, 41 E. First St. in Waconia, with Fr. Stan Mader as celebrant of the Mass. Visitation will take place at the church Friday beginning at 9 a.m, with interment in the church cemetery.
Paige Schlechter, Tylor Schlechter, Eric Geyen, Blake Geyen, Kent Messing, Nicholas Geyen, and Benjamin Geyen will be serving as casket bearers.
Honorary casket bearers will be Madelyn Schlechter, Dylan Schlechter, Kaelyn Roepke, Alyson Schlechter, and Lauryn Schlechter.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.
Gary Lee Schlechter was born May 20, 1954, the son of Donald and Elaine (Koepp) Schlechter. Gary was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia. Gary grew up on a farm near Hollywood and was a graduate of the Watertown High School.
Gary was united in marriage with Susan Geyen at St. Joseph Catholic Church May 11, 1974. This union of 46 years was blessed with children Jamie, Sherry, and Bryan.
Gary had worked in sales, design, and management for the Waconia Building Center, followed by a short time at Mayer Lumber, prior to his retirement. Gary was a past member of the Waconia Fire Department.
Gary loved being outside, whether it was camping, maintaining an immaculate lawn, or just sitting alone under the clear sky. He loved to visit and could make conversation with anyone.
Gary was strong-willed, and would help anyone. In winter, he could often be seen driving his tractor to a neighbor’s to help out with clearing snow.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Elaine Schlechter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Helen Geyen; sister-in-law, Connie Schlechter; brother-in-law, Greg Messing; and nephew, Daniel Geyen.
Gary is survived by his loving family: wife, Susan Schlechter of New Germany; children, Jamie (Melissa) Schlechter of Plato, Sherry (Nathan) Roepke of Lester Prairie, Bryan (Jamie) Schlechter of Glencoe; grandchildren, Paige, Tylor, Madelyn, and Dylan Schlechter, Kaelyn Roepke, Alyson and Lauryn Schlechter; brothers, Paul Schlechter of Jordan, Mark (Melinda) Schlechter of Sarasota, FL; sister, Lisa (Joseph) Korus of Ramsey; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Diane Messing of Andover, Richard and Claire Geyen of Bloomington, Jean Geyen and special friend, Jim Kroells, of Norwood Young America, Joyce Geyen and special friend, Maynard Koch, of Waconia, Dennis and Wendy Geyen of Waconia; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.