Steinhauer, Walter William (1914-2008)

Walter Steinhauer, 93 died Thursday, February 07, 2008 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, February 11, 2008 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, MN with Reverend Nancy Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery, Holt, MN.

Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with a 5:00 P.M. Prayer service on Sunday evening and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Walter William Steinhauer was born on September 29, 1914 in Marshall County, near Holt, MN, the son of Fred and Ida (Ortloff) Steinhauer. He was baptized and confirmed at Nazareth Lutheran Church and attended Manor School and Holt School, graduating from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls.

Walter was united in marriage to Alice Rye on September 9, 1942. Walter and Alice were married 41 years. Alice passed away in 1984. Walter then married Ella Anderson on January 11, 1986. Walter and Ella have been married 22 years. In his younger years he farmed with his dad. He then spent a short time in Michigan at the Ford factory. Walter returned home and took over the family farm, where he raised grain and also had dairy cattle. He also farmed with his brother.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and was an avid reader. Walter loved family gatherings and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, and he was also a member of the Holt and Marshall County Central School Boards for 26 years, a member of Excel Township Board and Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation for 21 years.

Walter is survived by his wife, Ella of Thief River Falls, MN; seven children: Cleo (Kenneth) Swanson of Missoula, MT. Harold Steinhauer of rural Thief River Falls, MN, Jeanette (Doug) Grund of Baudette, MN, Gladys (Tom) Ahlin of Elko, NV, Donna (Jon) Fosholm of rural Newfolden, MN, Bruce Steinhauer of Thief River Falls, MN and Patty (Jim) Klemmetsen of rural Thief River Falls, MN; son-in-law, Bill Mehrkens of rural Thief River Falls, MN; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; five step children and their families; one brother, Alfred (Joyce) Steinhauer of Midland, MI; brother-in-law, Ralph (Atropa) Rye of De Soto, KS; sister in law Gertrude Nyvall, Thief River Falls, MN, and several nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; daughter, Irene; son-in-law, Ken Swanson; grandson, Paul Mehrkens; and brother, Robert.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky