Walter John Schoenherr was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Mapleton, the son of John and Lena (Schleimer) Schoenherr. He attended country school and later Catholic school in Mapleton.
Walter was united in marriage to Carol A. Byers of Lawton, June 11, 1951, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Moville. Walter was a lifelong farmer, he had farmed in the Mapleton, Sioux City, and Merrill areas.
He enjoyed taking drives, with his favorite destinations being Mapleton, Danbury, or area John Deere dealerships. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and watching television.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Carol, of Merrill; three sons: Eugene Schoenherr and Loriann, of Merrill, Russell Schoenherr and his wife Julie, of Sioux City, and Dennis Schoenherr, of Merrill; two daughters: Diane Schoenherr, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Lori Morrison and her husband, Gregory, of Le Mars; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lena (Schleimer) Schoenherr; eight sisters and four brothers.
Visitation with the family present will be after 5 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen-Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7 p.m. scriptural wake service with Monsignor Mark Duchaine officiating. Private family graveside services will be Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Ellendale.
Pallbearers will be Adam Schoenherr, Jamie Schoenherr, Gregory Morrison, Joseph Casey, Michael Casey, Jake Hite, Travis Gutierrez, Zach Dannenbring and Allen Flanders. Honorary casketbearers will be Leah Morrison, Emily Morrison, Amanda Dannenbring, Shannon Hite, Sara Flanders, Angela Schoenherr, and Sarah Schoenherr.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.