Services for Benjamin “Earl” Schendel, 80, of Hanover, Minn., were Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at Zion United Methodist Church, Hanover, Minn.
Mr. Schendel died July 30, 2013, at Wellsted of Rogers, Rogers, Minn.
He was born May 11, 1933, to Benjamin R. and Elsie Etta (Grunert) Schendel in Wadena, Minn. He had a wonderful, happy, carefree childhood in Deer Creek, Minn. Before his senior year in high school, he moved with his parents to Hanover, Minn. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1951. He was drafted in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Sacramento, Calif., where he received training in electronics and communications. Through his work at Western Electric, he was afforded the opportunity to travel throughout the United States.
The next step in his journey, Mr. Schendel vigorously pursued innovative farming projects with enthusiasm. Some of those projects included hog furrowing pens and milking parlors. He established the Schendel Farm Store and managed the operation of the farm acreage. He truly enjoyed serving as the Mayor of Hanover and did so with devotion and dedication.
His faith in God through Jesus Christ was the core of his life. He gave unselfishly to the Zion United Methodist Church for many years, carrying on the Schendel family legacy and tradition. He independently continued his studies of the Bible through the Les Feldick Ministries. His connection with his customers and neighborhood friends, through conversations, truly enriched his life and brought such joy to him.
He is survived by his sister, Donna (Dr. Russ) Boehlke of Fort Collins, Colo., and nieces and nephews.