Walter Wiese, Sr.

Walter Wiese, Sr., 95, of Verndale, passed away October 4, 2019, at the Lakewood Health System Care Center in Staples.

Services were held Oct. 8, at the Balsamlund Lutheran Church, rural Verndale with Pastors Eric Clapp and Ken Losch presiding.

Walter was born to Herman and Amelia (Jasmer) Wiese on November 8, 1923, in Bartlett Township, near Verndale. He married Hazel Chilberg on April 7, 1948 at Balsamlund Lutheran Church in rural Aldrich. They met at the Bertha Dance Pavilion April 29, 1945, a day Walt always remembered. They celebrated 66 wonderful years of marriage before Hazel’s passing in January 2015. They made their first home on the Claus Chilberg farm north of Balsamlund Church for five-1/2 years before moving in 1953 to their home in rural Verndale. He met the demands of being a farmer and also worked with Carl Hallstrom doing plumbing for Hewitt Hardware.

In earlier years, Walt enjoyed the outdoors sucker fishing, pheasant hunting and attending the county and state fairs, even building a camper for his pickup to take to the state fair.  He also found joy in playing cards and bingo. Most of all, Walt loved to get his family together.  He was a member of the Mid-America Dairy Association, American Dairy Association and the Dairy Farmers of America. He served on the Church Board and Men’s Club, was a volunteer Senior Driver, and a member of the Lions for 41 years.

By 2015, Walt moved into the Lakewood Care Center where he had many friends and loved the people around him, especially the staff. He shared his big smile and fun, teasing ways. He enjoyed watching and participating the nursing home activities, too.  The family wants to thank all the caregivers who lovingly cared for Walt in his last years.

Surviving Walter are his children Karen Treangen (Duane), Wally (Kathy) Wiese, Leona (Neal) Bowman, Bruce (Carol) Wiese, Sue Riedel, Mark (Cathy) Wiese and Walter Jr. (Cindy) Wiese; one brother, Herman (Kathy) Wiese; sisters-in-law Betty Wiese and Marian Fuller; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; his parents; one son, Brian; one daughter, Tammy; one brother, Elmer; one sister, Edna; son-in-law Ricky Riedel; one grandson, Ryan Bowman and granddaughter-in-law Jessica (Carlson) Wiese.

Honorary pallbearers were all of Walter’s grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Paul Zimmerman, Joey Wiese, Justin Wiese, Jonathan Wiese, Nathan Wiese and Eli Wiese

Burial was in Balsamlund Lutheran Cemetery, rural Verndale, MN.

Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Bertha (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com).

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