Orval William Schauer, age 89, of Green Isle, passed away at the New Ulm Medical Center on Wednesday, March 11.
Funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Green Isle at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14.
Visitation was held at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Orval was born to William and Frieda (Jahnke) Schauer on the family farm in the house that his father built in New Auburn Township on Dec. 5, 1930. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 where he was stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
He married his first wife, Elsie ZumHofe, who died in 1963. He married his second wife, May Johnson, who then died in a tragic car accident in 1967 after only being married a few years. On Oct. 28, 1972, he then married Rosemary Bird at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Arlington.
He worked at Bongards Creamery for many years. Orval loved to be outdoors where he enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping, and working in his gardens. He also liked woodworking, listening to Polka music, and watching Western movies.
Orval experienced a lot of pain and heartache during his 89 years. This taught him to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life and to not take it for granted. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a strong gentleman and didn’t like to complain. He will be missed by his family.
Orval is survived by his children, Nancy (Maynard) Albers of Green Isle, John (Brenda) Schauer of Plato, Roseann Schauer of Currie, Rachel Schealler of Gaylord, Robert Schauer of Hutchinson, and Rebecca and Renae Schauer both of Green Isle; grandchildren, Tony (Amanda) Schauer, Heather Schauer, Doug (Tracy) Albers, Sara (Wade) Evers, Wendy (Bill) Wark, and James and Jessica Schealler; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Verna Alsleben of Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three wives; four brothers; and two sisters.