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Reverend Donald D. Schoewe (Don), 81

Reverend Donald D. Schoewe (Don), 81, of Roosevelt, MN died at 10:54 pm Wednesday June 11, 2014 at Altru hospital in Grand Forks, ND surrounded by his loving wife Dianne and their five children Nicholas, Claire, Martin, Matthew and Peter.

The funeral service for Reverend Donald D. Schoewe (Don) will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 15th at Zion Church, Hoosier Ridge, MN with Pastor Scott Hirssig officiating.  Burial will follow immediately in the Hoosier Ridge Cemetery.  A memorial and celebration of life service will follow in the weeks to come at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warroad, his home congregation.

Don was born on February 7th, 1933 in Plainview, MN to Reverend Theodore Schoewe and Clara (Klatt) Schoewe.  He grew up in Plainview and attended Immanuel Lutheran School and Plainview High School where he played football, basketball and baseball for the Plainview Gophers.

Following high school he attended the University of Minnesota.  His college years were interrupted when he volunteered to serve his country in Korea in 1953.  Following Korea he returned to The University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy.

After university Don was called to the ministry and attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  It was in Fort Wayne that he met Dianne Doctor who would become his wife on September 30th, 1960 and remain so until he died.  Over the years Don and Dianne would lovingly raise five children Nick, Claire, Marty, Matt and Pete.

Donald Schoewe was ordained as an LCMS minister in August 1963 by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lily, WI and served that congregation as well as St. Matthew’s in White Lake, WI through 1968.  He continued his ministry for 33 years also serving Hope Lutheran Church in Arcade, NY, Peace Lutheran Church in Antigo, WI, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Washington, WI and Bethany Lutheran Church in Lake City, MN.  Following his retirement in 1996 he and Dianne move to Roosevelt, MN where they have been active members in Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Don has also regularly served as vacancy pastor at Bethlehem and other congregations in northern Minnesota.

Don loved sports, children, gardening, tinkering in the garage and fishing.  He was preceded in death by his sister Genevieve and brother Gregory.  He is survived by his wife of 54  years Dianne, his brother Reverend Theodore Schoewe of Winona, MN, four sons and one daughter: Nicholas (Robbin), Winnetka, IL; Claire (Jeff) Heikkinen, Ridgeville, SC; Martin (Tawnya) International Falls, MN; Matthew, Chicago, IL; Peter, Oakland, CA; as well as six grandchildren and ?two? great grandchildren?.

 Sympathy cards may be sent to Dianne Schoewe, 28413 675th St., Rural Rte. 1 Box 238, Roosevelt, MN 56673.

Memorials can be sent to Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Street NE, Warroad, MN 56763 or your local congregation.

A memorial Service for Donald Schoewe of Roosevelt, MN will be held on Sunday, June29, 2014 at 3:30PM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Warroad, MN.

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