FUNERAL SERVICE will be 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Zion Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Greg Coop officiating.
VISITATION will be from 6-8 pm on Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday
INTERMENT will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Pleasant View Cemetery of Burnsville.
Walter (Walt) William Weise Sr. of Mora MN, passed away on May 19, 2011 at 3:45 am after a 2 year battle with cancer. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 88 years old.
Walter was born March 29, 1923 at home in Almena, WI to William and Anna (Wohlk) Weise. He spent his first 8 years in Almena and moved with his family to Barron, WI where he graduated from Barron High School in 1942. During his high school years he worked on a farm, at a car dealership and a bowling alley to pay for his band equipment. After High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country in World War II from 1942-1945 as a fire control man on the USS John D Henley stationed in the Asiatic Pacific. Upon returning home he met his life-long partner and companion, Phyllis Elaine Groehler and they were married April 15, 1946 by Reverend Pew at a Lutheran Church in South St. Paul, MN. This union was blessed with five children – 2 daughters (Jeanette and Yvonne) and 3 sons (Walter Jr, DeWayne and David). Walter and Phyllis lived in Barron and built their first home with their own hands. Walter worked for several heating and plumbing firms that dissolved, prompting him to move his family West. Two of his brothers had recently moved to Bloomington, MN which led them to stop for a “short” stay that lasted from 1950-1987. In 1953 they bought their first family home at 8740 3rd Avenue South in Bloomington, MN. Walter was very active in the Bloomington Lutheran Church and Parochial School serving as a Charter Member for both. Walter found his niche in the heating and air conditioning field. In 1966, Walter and partners started Air Comfort Inc, which was later sold in 1992 when he retired at 70 . In 1987, Walter and Phyllis purchased a home in Mora, MN overlooking Ann River. During his years at Air Comfort Inc, Walter and Phyllis traveled extensively to Hawaii, Alaska, Sweden, Norway, Spain, England, Africa, San Juan, Canada, the Caribbean, Panama, Aruba and Mexico as well as traveling the United States in their Motor home. The extended Weise family spent many happy days at their cabin on Devils Lake in Mora, MN where his children and grandchildren loved swimming, fishing and spending time with the family. While traveling the United States as snow birds, Walter and Phyllis enjoyed Texas immensely and ended up purchasing a home in Mission Texas in 2003. During his later years, Walter was involved in multiple Navy Reunions, served as a charter member in the VFW of Barron, WI, was a member of the American Legion in Mora, MN, passionately loved golfing with the Sod Busters; fishing and hunting were a love of his as well. Walter supported his community by volunteering with Meals On Wheels, loved square dancing and Swedish dancing with Phyllis, enjoyed a good game of 500 with friends at the hall, and donated his time to his beloved church. Walter put God first in his life, but he also loved his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed all the family gatherings and events. Walter was the best husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, parishioner, citizen, and overall great guy anyone would ever want to know.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Rueben and Lawrence; and his infant sister.
He is survived by his loving partner in life, Phyllis (Groehler) Weise; children Jeanette (Edwin) Heck of Bloomington, MN, Walter Jr. (Jacquelyn) Weise of Brandon, MN, Yvonne (Sheldon) Hawley of Queen Creek, AZ, DeWayne (Kaye) Weise of Center City, MN, and David Weise of Denver CO; sister Ruby Hardina of Bloomington, MN; brothers Harold (Etta) Weise of Baron, WI, and Ray Weise of Baron, WI. Walter will also be missed by his 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as all of his friends and acquaintances that had the pleasure of knowing this unbelievable man. Special thanks to Dr. Janet Wilkenson-Kutil, Pastor Coop, as well as Diane and Molly from Kanabec County Hospice for supporting Walter and our family in his final days. Thank you for all of the support we have received, which is truly a testament to the footprint this incredible man has had in all of our lives. Remember Walt every time you hear a bird sing.