Wilmer Schoenfelder, age 82, of Iroquois, SD, died Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, SD.
His funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 23, at St. Pauls Catholic Church in Iroquois with burial in the church cemetery and Military Rites by American Legion Bensley-Rounds Post #280 of Iroquois.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home continuing at the church from 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.; or Thursday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.
Wilmer Charles Schoenfelder, son of Charles and Catherine (Herrmann) Schoenfelder, was born on May 14, 1928, in Plankinton, SD. When he was small he moved with his family to the Broadland area, and then to various farms in the Iroquois area. He attended country school and Iroquois High School. Following his formal education he lived and worked on the family farm until his military service.
On October 11, 1950, Wilmer entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on September 9, 1952. He then returned to the family farm.
On October 5, 1957, Wilmer married Arlene Dean at Iroquois, SD. They purchased a farm north of Iroquois in 1956 and spent several months fixing it up. They moved onto the farm following their marriage in the Fall of 1957.
He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church at Iroquois; American Legion Bensley-Rounds Post #280 of Iroquois; Banner Township Board of Directors; Osceola Elevator Board of Directors; and a foster parent.
He enjoyed his family, working the land and tending his cattle.
He is survived by 3 sons, Terry (LouAnn) Schoenfelder of Iroquois, Nick (Gena) Schoenfelder of Huron, and Charlie (Sara) Schoenfelder of Sioux Falls; 1 daughter, Susan (Robert) Hoyle of Ipswich; 13 grandchildren, Brock Hoyle, Mattie Hoyle, Brian Hoyle, Josh Schoenfelder, Kyle Schoenfelder, Eric Schoenfelder, Taylor Schoenfelder, Cody Schoenfelder, Katie Schoenfelder, Gracie Schoenfelder, Rayna Schoenfelder, Evan Schoenfelder, and Leah Schoenfelder; 2 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Schoenfelder of Iroquois, and Joyce Schoenfelder of De Smet; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlene on January 22, 2001; an infant son, Jed in 1969; 4 brothers, Herbert, Lester, John, and Al Schoenfelder; 3 sisters, Regina Spanbauer, Julia Geiman, and Margaret Schoenfelder; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Spanbauer and Aden Geiman.