Ewald L. Schuelke

COMFREY – Ewald L. Schuelke, age 92, of Comfrey, died on Aug. 17, 2013.

Service will be held at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. The clergy will be Pastor Brian Nehring. Interment will be at the New Hope Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Comfrey.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hope Lutheran Church in Comfrey.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Comfrey. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Ewald Ludwig Schuelke, age 92, of Comfrey passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 at his home. Ewald was born on Jan. 21, 1921 in Storm Lake, Iowa to Elsa Wilhelm and Herman Schuelke. Ewald served in the Army Air Force during World War II, spending 10 months in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operations with the 7th Air Force. In 1949, Ewald married his best friend, Dorothy Prechel of Springfield at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. Ewald and Dorothy were blessed with four children. He grew up on a farm southwest of Comfrey, eventually purchasing the farm from his dad. Ewald and his family farmed this farm until the age of 90. He was a Pioneer Seed dealer for 18 years. He was a lifetime member of Salem Lutheran Church where he served as chairman, and on the Salem New Hope Cemetery Board.

Ewald enjoyed reading, watching TV news, playing his harmonica with Dorothy accompanying him on the piano, visiting with neighbors, taking little trips to visit family and friends, trips out West, and having special tenting campouts with the grandchildren. Ewald loved having his children and grandchildren around where he enjoyed talking about the “good ol’ times”, his Air Force days, politics and religion or just playing games, especially checkers.

Ewald is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Prechel); children: Sheldon (Marlene) Schuelke, Comfrey, LuAnn Augustin, St. James, Preston Schuelke, Owatonna, and Colleen (Richard) Havens, Lake Crystal; grandchildren: Justin Augustin, Joshua Augustin, Heather (Marco) Duarte, Tracy Schuelke, Lindsey Bade (special friend Kent Scheff), Mackenzie Bade, and Mickaylie Bade; great-grandchildren: Eric and Carmen Duarte; step-grandchildren: Adam Kopesky, Christina (Ross) Fischer, Amy Hanson, Shelly (Corey) Freyberg, Ben (Sarah) Havens and step-great-grandchildren: Tyler Kopesky, Dylan Kopesky, Jerimiah Eustice, Kylie and Cooper Fischer, Gillian and Wesley Hanson, Danielle, Charlie and Levi Freyberg, Cody Havens; many nieces and nephews; special friend Dale Augustin; special little friend, Jasmine Gordon. One sister, Myra Colburn of Marshall; brothers, Lester of Richland Center, Wis., and Arthur (Carla) of Kewaskum, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, Arnold Mohn of Alta, Iowa.

He is preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Lena (Wetzel) Schuelke; brothers, Enno and Albert; sister, Lamerne Weiland Mohn; brothers-in-law, Henry Weiland, Henry Colburn, and Roland Prechel; sister-in-law, Yvonne Schuelke.

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