WACONIA – Long-time Legion commander passes away

Walter Schmakel, who was commander of the VFW and the American Legion in Waconia and the manager of the Waconia American Legion from 1985 until the present time, passed away at the age of 82 on Tuesday, July 31.

A funeral service was held for Schmakel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia on Saturday, Aug. 4. Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia (www.johnsonfh.com). To learn more, see Schmakel’s obituary in this week’s Waconia Patriot.