Walter Loe, 83, Wannaska, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at LifeCare Roseau Manor.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at Roseau Community Church. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Interment will be held at a later date at Riverside-Mickinock Cemetery.
Walter was born Nov. 8, 1930 to Gilbert and Selma Loe in Grimstad Township in the house where he lived until he entered Roseau Manor in 2005, due to a stroke. He was baptized and confirmed at Riverside Lutheran Church in Wannaska. He attended grade school in Grimstad and graduated from Roseau High School. He continued farming after graduation.
He and Melva Jenson were married in 1952 and remained together for the next 61 years. Blessing this union were three children: James (Sandi) of Royalton, Paul (Mona) of Thief River Falls and Mary (Greg) Lund of Cottonwood; six grandchildren, Dawn, Amanda, Jessica, Mitchell, Alyssa and Nathan; 10 great-grandchildren. Walter loved his family and was extremely proud of each of his family members.
Walter operated a dairy farm until 1988, and upon retirement from farming had the opportunity for employment with the D.O.T. which he enjoyed for 11 years. He enjoyed several hobbies which included reloading ammunition and hunting in Wyoming with his sons. He was also a licensed amateur radio operator. A dream come true for him was getting his private pilot’s license and having his own planes and airstrip. Restoring old tractors also gave him many years of pleasant pastime.
What Walter enjoyed most over the years was the opportunity the Lord gave him to serve as a lay pastor throughout the area. He was blessed to assist Pastor Bob with services, Bible studies, Sunday school, and as a youth group leader. It was an incredible blessing to meet and have fellowship with all the various congregations.
Surviving Walter are his wife Melva; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren and special brother, Gilbert, plus many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Manfred.