Funeral services for Walter Goedel were held Feb. 8, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, with Pastor Stephen Meltzer officiating.
Walter Goedel passed away Feb. 3, 2013, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Walter was born Dec. 29, 1923, to Oscar and Anna (Feyerherm) Goedel on the home farm southwest of Wadena in Compton Township.
He attended country school and later graduated from Wadena High School in 1942. He also farmed for many years and then went into the farm machinery business under the name of Goedel Implement.
Walter was very generous with his time and resources. He believed in giving back to the community, and a top priority was the youth. He donated time and financial assistance on many projects, such as establishing the Cyber Café on Jefferson Street in Wadena, the Train Depot Museum, Wadena County public transit (Friendly Rider), and he was very supportive of the Wadena Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a county commissioner from Compton Township, he worked toward relocation of the Wadena airport. He also cleared land for a park on Highway 29, which was named for him. In this endeavor he coordinated and supervised the efforts of many community organizations and individuals.
Walter loved his St. John Lutheran Church, and was a generous supporter and lifelong member there. In 2002, he was named Grand Marshall of the Wadena June Jubilee Parade, in recognition of his community service.
Along with other efforts to support the youth, Walter was a generous supporter of Lutheran Island Camp in Henning, and was on their board of directors.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, pitching horseshoes, watching boxing matches, playing pinochle, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and always had a great comeback line.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elaine Olson; and nephews, David Olson and Gary Christensen.
He is survived by his sister, Marlene (Loren) Christensen; as well as nieces, one nephew and many cousins.
Pallbearers were Ivan Reinke, Dean Ersfeld, Tim Fultz, Gregg Spencer, Les Schwartz and Gary Zacharias.
Burial was in Wadena Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials go to Lutheran Island Camp or St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena.
Arrangements were with Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.