Harold Weischedel, 98, life-long resident of Agar, SD, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Yankton Care Center, Yankton, SD.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Agar Hall, Agar, SD with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating. Burial will follow in the Onida Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 at Luce Funeral Home, Gettysburg with a 7 p.m. prayer service.
Harold was born to Frank and Gertrude (Buck) Weischedel on Oct. 11, 1914. He attended Pearl Country School, Cass Country School and Agar High School. Frank and Gertrude had four children. Gertrude died on April 9, 1918. Frank later remarried to Nellie Suman and they had five children.
At the age of 17, in 1931, Harold left his home in South Dakota to search for work in Colorado. He worked as a ranch hand for his aunt and uncle near McClave, CO. He later moved to Lamar, CO where he met and married Rose Peters on April 20, 1938. They moved to Gunnison, CO, where Harold again worked as a ranch hand. In 1941, Harold and Rose moved to Baldwin, CO, where Harold worked in the coal mine for six years. During that time, Harold and Rose had three children; Corinne, Warren and Stanley.
In 1947, Harold moved his family to Tillamook, Oregon where he worked in the timber with his brother, Oliver. In 1949, Harold and Rose moved back to the Weischedel family farm in Sully County due to Frank Weischedel’s poor health. Harold’s youngest son, Cecil was born in 1950.
Farming was in Harold’s blood. Harold bought the family farm in 1958 and devoted his life to working the land that had been his father’s homestead since 1883.
Harold was a self-made man and learned many trades along the way. He may have been short in stature, but he was tall in courage and never afraid to try something new. Harold lived by the values of integrity, honesty, and hard-work which he balanced with a good joke now and then, heart-felt chuckles, an unforgettable smile, and a kind and helpful spirit. He loved his horses, working the land, visiting with family and friends, and making homemade ice cream in the old hand-crank mixer. Harold was a member of the United Methodist Church of Agar and was active in Sully County 4-H.
Harold was everyone’s favorite and he was deeply loved. He will be missed, but his memory will live on in our hearts until me meet him again in Heaven.
Harold is survived by his children: Corinne (Charles) Ditmar of Yankton, SD, Warren Weischedel of Agar, SD, and Cecil Weischedel of Black Hawk, SD; one brother, Leo “Bud” Weischedel of Hot Springs, SD; three sisters: Mildred Holmes of Mason, OH, Joyce Puckett of Batesburg, SC and Irma Brandt of Rapid City, SD; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rose (Peters) Weischedel; two brothers: Oliver and Clayton Weischedel; two sisters: Doris Sterling and Pearl Spears; and one son, Stanley Weischedel.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Harold’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)