CARL SCHWANTKE

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Carl Schwantke, of Brook Park, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home.  He was 101 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Carl Schwantke, of Brook Park, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at his home. He was 101 years old.

Carl was born on January 14, 1917 on the family farm in Pomroy Township to Herman and Franziska (Kainz) Schwantke. He spent his entire life in Pomroy Township and attended Pomroy Country School.

Carl married Audrey Anderson on April 11, 1942, less than two weeks before he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the 338th Infantry Company “C” during WWII in North Africa and Italy from 1942 to 1945. He moved into the 5th Army Division toward the end of the war. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star while overseas.
Upon returning home from the war, he resumed farming and started a family. Along with farming, he graded roads, sold firewood in the cities, and drove school bus for the Hinckley School District for 20 years.

Carl loved the outdoors and enjoyed many hobbies, like making maple syrup in his sugar shack, pressing cider from apples in his yard, hunting, and growing a beautiful garden including his blueberry patch.

In April of 2012, Carl had the opportunity to fly to Washington D.C., accompanied by his daughter Anita on the St. Cloud Honor Flight for Veterans. In August of 2018, Carl had another opportunity to stay on the Lake of the Woods for the Pay it Forward Veterans Fishing Trip, accompanied by his son Harlan, who is also a veteran.

Carl lived out his years on the family farm after the loss of his beloved wife, Audrey, in 1991.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Audrey, brother Harry and sister Mary Richards.

He is survived by his children, Lorraine Carlson (Craig Knutson), Jean Mullin, Harlan (Aileen) Schwantke, Raymond (Kitty) Schwantke, and Anita (Jimmie) Sparks; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.

One guestbook entry for CARL SCHWANTKE

  1. Rene (Maureen Dostert) November 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Carl (and the blue Ford tractor!) and bailing hay with the boys and driving around the property with Carl in his truck that truly put a smile on my face, a lift in my step, and joy in my heart. I am sorry I have not been able to get there the last few years. You know—life gets away from us.
    Sincerely, you are all in my prayers. Love to you all at your time of loss.

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