AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Walter Roeschlein, of Onamia, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home. He was 93 years.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Isle.
VISITATION will be held from 5:00-8:00 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Isle.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, after 4 1/2 months in hospice care, Walter E. Roeschlein, age 93, went peacefully to his heavenly home, surrounded by his loving family. A former resident of both Long Lake and Glencoe, MN, he currently lived in Onamia, MN.
Walter Everett Roeschlein was born on April 23rd, 1925, to Herbert & Margaret (Hoffman) Roeschlein, in rural Milaca, MN. He was the 8th child in a family of nine. He was baptized on February 8th, 1926, in the Milaca Swedish Lutheran Church. In 1941, he was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Mora, MN. He grew up working on the family farm, moving around the Milaca, Mora, and Isle area, finally settling in Haybrook Township. He and his siblings were among the original founders/members of the current Haybrook Hayseeds 4-H Club. He attended country schools through 8th grade, and was the first member of his family to attend high school, graduating from Isle in 1942. This was one of his most valued accomplishments. After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving in the Pacific theater, and while there transferred into the 11th Airborne/ Paratroopers at the end of WWII.
On June 2nd, 1947, he married the love of his life, Edna Carlson, and their marriage was blessed with five children.
During the course of his adult life, Walt worked at Sween Brothers Dairy in Wayzata for 7 years; was an amazing builder & finishing carpenter for 9 years; and ended his working years as an insurance salesman for AAL for 25 years, serving the churches in Glencoe, MN and the surrounding area.
Upon his retirement in 1987, he and Edna moved back home to the Isle/Wahkon area, building a new home on Mille Lacs Lake. They resided there together until Edna’s death in 2011. In 2014, fire destroyed the lake home and Walt moved to his final residence east of Onamia.
Walt was also an active member of every church he belonged to wherever he resided. Most recently, he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Isle, the past 31 years, serving for a number of those years as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer of the church council, and singing in the choir.
As to his character, he was a kind, hard-working, humble, and friendly man; he was also a loving and devoted husband & father. He valued family and his faith above all else, and treated everyone he met with sincere respect and true compassion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, helping others, and hugs!! He always managed to find the “bright spot” in every situation he encountered, plus, he was also noted to be a keen and “ruthless” cribbage player by all who were willing to play a game or two with him.
Walt will be sorely missed by all who knew him, but will be comforted by the abundance of loving memories he blessed us with during his long and productive life.
Walt was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Edna; his parents, and his in-laws Calvin & Edith Carlson; seven siblings and their spouses; son-in-law Arnold Hall; two nieces and three nephews.
He is survived by his children, Cheryl (Gary) Anderson of Wahkon, MN; Kathleen Roeschlein (devoted friend Mary Ann Timm) of Apple Valley, MN; Craige (Nancy) Roeschlein of Onamia, MN; Chris Hall of Beresford SD; and Jon (Sharon) Roeschlein of Wheaton MN; his younger brother Harold(Connie) Roeschlein of Wahkon, MN; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends.