Loren Schake, age 74, of Ortonville died Thursday, June 11, 2015, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville with Rev. John Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday evening at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday.
Casket bearers will be Loren’s nephews: Daryl Westhausen, Darrin Larson, Brent Larson, Randy Larson, Danny Larson, and James Schake.
Loren Dale Schake was born on September 5, 1940, in Rural Bellingham, MN, to Arthur and Ethel (Peterson) Schake. He attended school in Bellingham, graduating from Bellingham High School on May 29, 1959. After high school, Loren enlisted in the United States Army on February 25, 1961, at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was honorably discharged on January 31, 1964. On January 22, 1966, Loren was united in marriage with Sandra Larson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Shible Township, rural Appleton, MN. After marriage, they lived in Madison, MN for a few months before moving to the Ortonville area in September 1966. To this union, three children were born.
Loren worked for a rural farmer and for a Farmer’s Co-op Elevator for a short time. He then began working at Uptown Standard, a gas station that he and Sandy eventually owned and operated. Most recently, Loren worked at Runnings, a job he held for 14 years before retiring in November 2012.
Loren was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ortonville. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed spending time fishing, deer hunting with his family, and most recently, riding his scooter and watching the birds. Loren loved to go dancing with Sandy, play cards, and he cherished the time he spent rolling dice with his grandchildren. A loving and devoted husband of 49 years, Loren always greeted Sandy with a kiss after closing the gas station for the day. His family was very important to him and he treasured the time he spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Left with his loving memory is his wife, Sandy of Ortonville; sons: Doug Schake of Ortonville and Curt (Brenda) Schake of Marshall, MN; daughter, Renae (Kevin) Dornbusch of Milbank, SD; grandchildren: Trista Rademacher, Tony Schake, Mike Schake, Sydney Schake, Kasey Schake, Macy Schake, Jessica Dornbusch, and Emily Dornbusch; great-grandchildren: Ava and Eli Rademacher; brothers: Orville (Martha) Schake of Bellingham, MN and Lyle (Karen) Schake of Madison, MN; sisters: Mavis (Larry) Dale of Watertown, SD and Lois (Wally) Larson of Bellingham, MN; brothers-in-law: Bernard Westhausen of Appleton, MN; Virgil (Karen) Larson of Annandale, MN; Arden (Karen) Larson of Moorhead, MN; and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Harlan, Howard, and Earl Schake; sister, Viola Larson; mother-in-law, Erna Larson; and sister-in-law, Marcella Westhausen.