Walter William Wandschneider, 86, of Fosston, formerly of Lengby, died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at First Care Medical Services in Fosston.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby with the Rev. Shawn Stafford officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, Sunday at the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home in Fosston and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery in rural Lengby. Military rites will be provided by the Spring Lake V.F.W. Post No. 2759 of Lengby.
He was born July 26, 1922, to William and Mathilda (Steindorf) Wandschneider in Rabey, Minn. His family moved in 1931 to Lengby. He graduated from Fosston High School in 1940. Following high school, he worked at Auto-Lite Company in Fosstoria, Ohio, where he repaired and maintained factory machines and equipment. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1942 serving as a military police officer in the Southern European Theatre (North Africa and Italy) during World War II. He received his honorable discharge in October 1945. After his discharge, he made his home in Grand Rapids, Minn., where he worked at National T grocery store until 1951. He returned to Lengby where he owned and operated Walt's Grocery. He married Barbara Anna Seeber April 12, 1958, in Grand Rapids and they resided in Lengby. He sold the grocery store in 1961. He operated the Laundromat in Fosston from 1961-1975 and was also an agent for Mutual Service Insurance Company from 1962- 1967. In 1967, he was appointed postmaster in Lengby. In 1974, was appointed the same position in Deer River, Minn. He retired as Deer River Postmaster in 1985. While living in Deer River, Walt was very active in the community. He served as mayor of Deer River from 1986- 1994. During his time as mayor that the Christmas tree for the White House was selected from the community. He was also active in the Deer River Lion's Club for many years and was a member of the Cenex Co-op Board.
After his wife died July 31, 2002, he moved back to Lengby and then to the Cornerstone Assisted Living Apartments. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby, often serving as delegate at the synod convention. He also taught Friday school, was head usher, and always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting.
He is survived by his son, David (Barbara) Wandschneider of Lengby; two grandchildren; and siblings, Jeanette Fenske of Fosston, Martin (Joyce) Wandschneider of Phoenix, Ariz., Mata Kilborn of Fosston and Phronie Olson of Lengby.
He was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Herb; and parents.
Memorials are preferred to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lengby.
Messages of condolence may be sent at carlinhoialmen.com.