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Louis Otto Wettschreck, 80

Louis Otto Wettschreck, 80, of Bemidji, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Vogt, Dale Malterud, Bob Schneider, Don Hommerding, Darrell Bohlman, Steve Ward and Paul Malterud.

He was born Aug. 7, 1928, to Otto and Martha (Fallenstein) Wettschreck in Bemidji. He grew up in rural Bemidji and attended a one-room school until the eighth grade.

He worked at home, on the farm, from December 1943 to December 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy Sea Bee's during the Korean War from 1951-1954. He received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He worked on the Duluth-Winnipeg-Pacific Railroad between Duluth and Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada. He worked on the bridge and building crew for the railroad. On Aug. 10, 1961, he married Carol Joyce Carlson in Bemidji. In the spring of 1962, he started working at Northern Culvert in Bemidji. In 1966, he began working part-time at the U.S. Postal Service and became a full-time postal employee in 1971. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1986.

He enjoyed gardening, caring for wildlife, watching birds, deer hunting, cutting wood and was devoted to his dogs. He always grew many pumpkins for the neighborhood for jack o' lanterns or food.

He is survived by his wife of Bemidji; sons, Kyle D. (Vicki) Wettschreck of Pine Island, Minn., Karl J. (Doris) Wettschreck of Bemidji and Keith R. (Tracy) Wettschreck of Saint Michael, Minn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Florence Marek of Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Rueinski.

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