Published On: Thu, Dec 6th, 2007

Obituary – Walter Schutte

Laurel — Walter Schutte, 94, Laurel, died Nov. 25, 2007 at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel
Visitation was Nov. 28 at Hasemann-Schumacher Funeral Home, Laurel.
Funeral services were Nov. 29 at United Lutheran Church, Laurel, with Rev. Brian Davidson officiating.
Burial was in the Laurel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Marlin Bose, Steve Schutte, David Schutte, Steve Hoblit, Tom Brennan and Joel White.
Honorary pallbearers were Walter and Ruby¹s grandchildren and special friends, Casey Brentlinger, Mike Kneifl, Paul Bose, and Fellow Pool Players
Walter Rudolph Schutte was born Feb. 8, 1913, to John and Anna (Suhr) Schutte on a farm near Waterbury. At the age of one, his family moved to a farm north of Dixon. Walter attended Dixon County school District #42, Clark Center, and graduated from Laurel High School. He married Ruby Brennan March 21, 1936, at Sioux City, Iowa. The couple farmed north of Dixon until moving to California during World War II where Walter was employed at an Aircraft Factory for a few years. The couple then farmed near Ponca, and later north of Dixon, moving to Laurel in 1977. Walter worked in maintenance at Hillcrest Care Center for five years.
He was a member of United Lutheran Church, the Laurel Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and served as a school board member in Dixon County.
Walter enjoyed farming, gardening, woodworking, carpentry, reading, playing cards, dancing, baseball, football, fishing (especially in Wyoming), billiards, his friends, neighbors, and spending time with his family.
Walter is survived by his wife, Ruby; two daughters and spouses, Annette and John Henry, Lincoln, and Cindy and Jake Keffeler, Omaha; a son-in-law, Erl Mortenson, Gillette, Wyo.; daughter-in-law, Sandy Schutte, Edgerton, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; one sister, Eileen Lindgren, Billings, Mont.; and one sister-in-law, Lois Brennan, Vermillion, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Richard, in 1999, and Michael, in 2002; one daughter, Karen, in 2005; one son-in-law, Bob Smith; one daughter-in-law, Roberta Schutte; eight brothers; four sisters; 10 sisters-in-law; and seven brothers-in-law.