Orville D. Schuette, age 91, of Marshfield formerly of Curtiss, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 12:00 noon Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Rev. Dr. Gary Paul will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Cemetery, South Green Grove.
Orville was born March 14, 1923 on the home farm in the Town of Beaver, Clark County to Hugo and (Hulda) Schuette.
He attended Oak Grove grade school and was a 1940 graduate of Colby High School. After high school he worked on the family farm and in a cheese factory. In 1941 Orville went to North Dakota and worked in the grain fields for four months. In May of 1942 he worked for the Laufenburg Roofing Company of Milwaukee at Camp McCoy, WI and at Camp Ellis, IL. Orville enlisted in the US Army in January 1943 and was a corporal and also a German language interpreter in WW II, he was shipped to England in November 1944 and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge and on the Siegfried line on February 7. Orville returned to New York on August 19 on the Queen Mary and then finally home on September 1. He received an honorable discharge on November 7, 1945. Orville served with the 76th Infantry Division through three campaigns in Germany, He received the Bronze Star citation for service.
Orville married the former Kathryn Peterson on June 28, 1947 at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Grove. Together the couple moved to Rockford, IL and Orville did carpenter work, they came home in 1951 and took over the home farm until 1967 when they sold the farm due to health problems. He then sold and installed Patz barn equipment from 1961 to 1978 and also built barn additions. They then moved to the Village of Curtiss and Orville worked at the Clark County Health Care Center for four years. He started as a sub mail carrier on the Curtiss and Abbotsford routes in 1972 and retired in 1989 as a full time carrier.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Marshfield daughter, Jeanne (Franklin) Hedberg of Branson, MO, grandchildren, Jerrianne (Gary) Ovaska of Ironwood, MI, Jason (Sara) Skrzeczkoski of Spencer and Michael Schuette of Madison, seven great-grandchildren, Katie Heiden, Sawyer Taylor, Adam Skrzeczkoski, Amanda Skrzeczkoski, Shawna Young, Gunnar Ovaska, Mikayla Ovaska and a great-great-grandson, Mason Heiden. He is further survived by his siblings, Merlin (Florence) Schuette and Arlene (Calvin) Schulz and several nieces and nephews.
Orville is preceded in death by his parents, son; James Schuette and sisters; Evelyn (Paul) Schlinsog and Ethel (Francis) Gerber.
Orville was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and its church choir and served on the church councils of Saint Luke’s, Saint Paul’s and Christ Lutheran Churches. He also was a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League for over 60 years serving as president of zone 10, also served on the Board of Directors of Northern Wisconsin District for 18 years and was honored with Layman of the Year award in 2006. Orville was a member of Colby VFW Post 2227 and the Curtiss Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Award in 1996, he also volunteered for the Orphan’s Grain Train.
Orville enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, playing cards and was a WWII enthusiast.
The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements. www.maurinaschilling.com