Walter W. "Sonny" Schmakel

Walter W. "Sonny" Schmakel, age 82, of Waconia, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

Funeral Service was Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (601 E. 2nd St.) in Waconia with Rev. Robert Alsleben officiating; visitation was Friday 4-7:30 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 E. 1st St.) in Waconia and at the church one hour prior to the service; prayer service was 7 p.m. Friday; interment church cemetery.

Walter William Schmakel was born on Dec. 25, 1929 in Waconia, Minn., the son of Walter T. and Alvina B. (Terwedo) Schmakel. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. On June 26, 1953, Walter was united in marriage to Delores M. Luebke at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Watertown by Rev. John Spomer.

Walter joined the Army in June of 1948 and retired on April 1, 1969. He loved to fish and hunt, especially with his brothers at his property up north. He was commander of the VFW and the American Legion in Waconia and the manager of the Waconia American Legion from 1985 until present time.

Walter is preceded in death by his daughter Kathy; son Thomas; parents Walter T. and Alvina Schmakel; sisters Marlene McPadden, Joanne Karels; sisters-in-Law Mary Schmakel, Karen Schmakel; niece Ann Anacker; father-in-law and mother-in-law August and Gertrude Luebke; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Edgar Winckel, Ken Meuwissen, Clarence Luebke, Wilbert Luebke, Milton Luebke, Richard and Verdella Allenspach.

Walter is survived by loving family; wife Delores "Dee"; daughters Debra (Roger) Thompson of Shakopee, Susan (Bruce) Veldey of Indio, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicholas and Hannah Veldey of Indio, Calif., Alexandra ‘Alex’ Thompson of Shakopee; brothers and sisters-in-law Charles and Marlene Schmakel of Waconia, Kenneth and Alyce Schmakel of Waconia, Dale Schmakel of Sandstone, Larry Schmakel of Waconia, LeRoy and Penny Schmakel of Waconia, Neil and Nancy Schmakel of Watertown; sisters and brothers-in-law Lois Winckel of Arizona, Vera and Wallace Dressel of Waconia, Sharon Pearson of St. Louis Park; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Donald Karels of Waconia, Gary McPadden of Avon, Linda Meuwissen of Chaska, Rose Ann Luebke of St. Bonifacius, Joanne Luebke of St. Bonifacius, Allen (Linda) Luebke of Anoka; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Casket Bearers Michael Schmakel, Ricky Karels, Mark Schmakel, Ryan Schmakel, Steve Dressel, Jeff Schmakel.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;