Wilmer Schoenfelder, IroquoisWilmer Charles Schoenfelder, 82, Iroquois, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Good Samaritan Center, De Smet.
Wilmer Charles Schoenfelder, 82, Iroquois, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Good Samaritan Center, De Smet.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Iroquois. Burial will be in the church cemetery, Iroquois, with military rites by Bensley-Rounds American Legion Post No. 280, Iroquois. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Welter Funeral Home, Huron. Visitation will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church with a 7 p.m. rosary. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
He was born on May 14, 1928, in Plankinton to Charles and Catherine (Herrmann) Schoenfelder.
When he was small, he moved with his family to the Broadland area and then to various farms in the Iroquois area.
He attended country school and Iroquois High School.
Following his formal education, he worked on the family farm until his military service.
On Oct. 11, 1950, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 9, 1952, and returned to the family farm.
On Oct. 5, 1957, he married Arlene Dean at Iroquois.
They purchased a farm north of Iroquois and moved onto it following their marriage.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Bensley-Rounds American Legion Post No. 280. He served on Banner Township board of directors, Osceola Elevator board of directors and as a foster parent.
He is survived by three sons: Terry and wife LouAnn, Iroquois; Nick and wife Gena, Huron; and Charlie and wife Sara, Sioux Falls; a daughter, Susan Hoyle and husband Robert, Ipswich; 13 grandchildren, two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Schoenfelder, Iroquois; and Joyce Schoenfelder, De Smet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 22, 2001; an infant son, Jed; his parents, four brothers: Herbert, Lester, John and Al; three sisters: Regina Spanbauer, Julia Geiman and Margaret Schoenfelder; and two brothers-in-law: Bill Spanbauer and Aden Geiman.
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