Robert J. Scholtes, age 89, of Faribault, died on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Three Links Care Center, Northfield.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Peace United Methodist Church, Morristown with Reverend Dean Wolf, officiating. Interment with military rites will be at Riverside Cemetery, Morristown.
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Robert J. "Chief" Scholtes, son of John and Mary (Bryan) Scholtes, was born on September 6, 1924 in Duluth. Bob graduated from Harding High School, St. Paul and served in the U. S. Navy during the W. W. II in the South Pacific Apron and later achieved the rank as a Chief Petty Officer. He married Lila Bakker on July 19, 1946 in Sandstone. He was formerly employed by the Owatonna State Hospital and later as a custodian instructor at South Central Technical College, Faribault. He was member of the American Legion and the VeteranŐs of Foreign War. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, music, and nature.
He is survived by his wife, Lila; three children, Mary Nordmeier of Morristown, John (and Patty) Scholtes of St. Paul and Steven (and special friend, Melanie Burgess) of Merrifield; four grandchildren, Carl Nordmeier, David (and Nikki) Nordmeier, Paul Scholtes, Nativity Hippe; and six great grandchildren, Avery, Henry, Anna and Chet Nordmeier and Christian and Lacey Scholtes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James; two grandsons, Mitchell and Brian Scholtes; one son in law, Ernest C. "Jr." Nordmeier and three siblings, Joyce I. Reitan, William A. Scholtes and James Scholtes.
Name: Allan Mortenson
Date: Thursday March 20, 2014
Lila, Mary, Steve and to the rest of the Scholtes family, I want to express my sincere sorrow for the passing of Bob. I stopped by and visited with your father briefly 2 1/2 years ago. I like to drive past their place when I come to Faribault. I have such fond memories of being out their with Jim and with Dean. Your father and mother were always so friendly and caring. I knew that I was always welcomed in their home. I got the impression that they found the mischief that Jim, Dean and I were involved in was humorous. Your father called the 3 of us the Three Musketeers. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend his funeral. I want to so much for many reasons. I know that Jim's spirit will be present and the Three Musketeers would be together to support the family as we say good bye to Bob. God's Peace to you all, Allan Mortenson
Name: Jack Luedke
Email: 23431 Falls Ave Warsaw Mn 55087
Date: Thursday March 20, 2014
Robert was the first man I spoke to about joining the US Navy. I spoke to Robert when I was a senior in high school (1963). I was so interested in joining the US Navy that Robert guided me as I graduated to join. I have thanked Robert a number of times over the past many years for guiding me in that direction. I was a Hospital Corpsman in the USN and the Hospital Corp turned the lights on for me to stay in the medical field. I spent 44 plus years in the field of professional nursing and I thank Robert again for guiding me in that direction. From my wife and family I want to send to Mary and her family our prayers and thoughts in this time of loss. God Bless You Bob. Jack and Jackie Luedke 23431 Falls Ave Warsaw Mn 55087
Name: Carl and JENean Mortenson
Date: Tuesday March 18, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, he was a great and caring person. We got to know the family through their son Jim, he, Dean Wolf and our son Allan Mortenson were best friends. The three guys were the greatest and spent lots of time at our home and of course at Wolf's and Scholte's also. Jim and I would go to auctions together as we both loved antiques. Again you all have our love and sympathy. God Bless. Carl and Jeanie
Name: Pat & Ron Melchert
Date: Monday March 17, 2014
Mary & Family, Sorry to hear the Chief passed. Another 2nd world war vet to have rest. We will miss him, and will enjoy the memories of many years knowing him. Mary if you need anything we can help with, just let us know. Friends Forever, Pat & Ron