Wilfred Schwarck, 75, Elbow Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services.
Wilfred Henry Schwarck was born May 29, 1935, in Pomme de Terre Township, Grant County, to Fred and Selma (Woessner) Schwarck. Willie was born and still lived on the farm his grandfather, Fritz Schwarck moved into in 1900.
Willie was baptized on June 23, 1935, by the Rev. Walter A. Lorenz at Christ Lutheran Church, confirmed by Rev. Lorenz on April 2, 1950, at Christ Lutheran Church, and was a life-long member of Christ Lutheran Church. Willie attended first grade at the Pomme de Terre School District about two miles from his home. He attended the Elbow Lake Public School from second grade and graduated from high school in 1953. After graduation, he farmed with his dad.
On November 12, 1955, Willie was married to Janice Miller, daughter of George L. and Helen (Olson) Miller, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Willie continued to farm with his dad until his passing in 1963. He then farmed on his own until 1980, when he started renting his land out and working for other farmers, something he totally enjoyed, along with collecting toy tractors and going to auction sales and spending time with his auction friends. His sense of humor will be missed. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice; three daughters, Cindy (Dave) Schmitz of Alexandria, Lori (John) Durham of Moorhead, and Nancy (Kevin) Schill of Barrett; son Danny Schwarck of Elbow Lake; eight grandchildren, Ryan (Becky) Schmitz, Randy Schmitz, Steven and Sara Durham, Tyler, Amber and Kyle Schill, and Brady Sumstad; and one great-granddaughter, Rylen Schmitz.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Selma Schwarck, sister Helen (Schwarck) Lohse, and one great-granddaughter, Izabella Schmitz.
Funeral: 11:00 am Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, Christ Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake
Clergy: Rev. Don Wagner
Cemetery: Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Elbow Lake
Visitation: 5-7 Thursday at the Funeral Home; one hour before the service at church on Friday