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WILMER F. SCHMIDTKE

Service: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown
  Thursday, June 20. 2013 at 10:30 a.m.
   
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Wilmer F. Schmidtke, 88, of Morristown died Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System, New Prague.

Wilmer was born January 17,1925, in Morristown Township the son of William B. and Ella A. (Reischke) Schmidtke. He attended District #99, Trinity Lutheran School and Morristown High School graduating with the class of 1943. He served in the US Army during World War II. Wilmer married Delores M. Kelm on September 11th, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran in Kilkenny, MN. The family farmed in North Morristown until 1971 when they moved to Morristown and began operating Schmidtke Oil Company. After his first wife died in 1976, Wilmer married Virginia Reistad on April 15th, 1978 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Wilmer retired from the oil business in 1989 and shortly after was employed by Timm's Trucking until 2005. Wilmer was member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, North Morristown.

Wilmer was an active member of numerous committees including farm, business, civic and community. He served 20 years on the Morristown Fire Department and was a member of the American Legion Post 149 for 67 years. Wilmer loved spending time with family and friends, fishing, watching sports and reminiscing.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Reistad) Schmidtke of Morristown; his children, Gene Schmidtke of Owatonna; Alan (Laurie) Schmidtke of Waterville; Beverly (Dave) Duhme of Morristown; Debbie (Sylvester) Wesley of Waterville; step-daughters, Stephanie Hennings of Minnestrista; Vicki (Dwayne) Anderson of New Prague; Kelly (Tony) Schwichtenberg of Owatonna; step-daughter-in-law, Marybeth Spitzack of Owatonna; sister, Marie Hantleman of Faribault; mother-in-law, Ethel Reistad of Waterville; brother-in-laws, Bruce (Pam) Reistad of Austin, MN; Dale (Kathy) Reistad of Austin, Texas; Roger Reuter of Thief River Falls; Curtis (Gerry) Kelm of Waterville; sister-in-law, Gladys Kelm of Waterville; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Delores; his sisters, Irma Schmidtke and Linda Hannon; a brother, Wally; step-son, Richard Spitzack; father-in-law, Vernon Reistad and sister-in-law, Jane Reuter.

Visitation will be at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 3 to 7 pm and one hour prior to the service in the church. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 10:30 am at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morristown with Rev. Michael Schuette officiating. Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery in North Morristown with military rites provided by the Morristown American Legion, Post 149.

 


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Name: Christel Zilske
Email: czilske@web.de
Date: Saturday December 14, 2013

Memories

2010bfh Dear family, Our deepest sympathy from the Zilske and Rosenloecher family. We are so glad to have Wilmar wet in Duesseldorf together with his wife.

Name: Betty Jo Brown-Minske
Email: minski@frontiernet.net
Date: Thursday June 20, 2013

Memories

You will always be "The Bubble Gum Man" to me, could say so much, but LOVE YOU says it all. He would pull into Grandma O'Briens drive way, and before any business happened, he would hop out of the truck with the pail of bubble gum and make sure us kids had a few pieces, and always a smile!!!! Great memories!!!!

Name: Art Kokoschke Jr.
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Date: Tuesday June 18, 2013

Memories

What a wonderful neighbor, friend and boss. I have many fond memories of Wilmer. He is one person that has lived his christian faith. I can honestly say that Wilmer put me though college as I spent 4 years working on the corn shelling crew. He will be missed by the many pople whose lives he has touched. Art Jr.

Name: Donna Rae Berge (Heyer)
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Date: Tuesday June 18, 2013

Memories

Wilmer was a great neighbor, always ready to lend a hand. There never was a time that I saw him that he didn't say "Hi, how you doing". This was not just in passing, but I always felt he was really sincere about his comments. Wilmer will be missed lovingly by his family, and the community has lost one of a kind. To his family I send my prayers that you will have a smile on your face as you remember him and the joys he brought to your family. Great memories. God Bless.

Name: Donna Rae Berge (Heyer)
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Date: Tuesday June 18, 2013

Memories

Wilmer was a great neighbor, always ready to lend a hand. There never was a time that I saw him that he didn't say "Hi, how you doing". This was not just in passing, but I always felt he was really sincere about his comments. Wilmer will be missed lovingly by his family, and the community has lost one of a kind. To his family I send my prayers that you will have a smile on your face as you remember him and the joys he brought to your family. Great memories. God Bless.

Name: Curt and Joyce Bohlen
Email: cbohlen@frontiernet.net
Date: Monday June 17, 2013

Memories

We will miss Wilmer. He always had a smile and was such fun to visit with! And, what a memory! Not long ago I had a great visit in his room at the care center and later Curt and I were both able to chat with him. The yesteryears of corn shelling was always a topic that was discussed and he always had to know about the family, especially since Curt's mom was a Schmidtke. Many people will have fond memories of this great guy! Our deepest sympathy.

Name: Ray & Jocelyn ODonnell
Email: 180 Lakeside dr. Sayre, pa 18840
Date: Monday June 17, 2013

Memories

We are so sorry to hear of Wilmer's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy's Ray & Jocelyn