December 31, 1937 ~ July 16, 2013
John C. Schendel, Sr., 75, Moorhead, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Sanford Health.
John was born December 31, 1937 in Aurora, Illinois to Vern and Ruby (Hubin) Schendel. As a young child the family moved to Norcross, Minnesota, where he grew up. He graduated from Herman High School in Herman, MN and Westmar University in LeMars, Iowa with a business degree in 1958. After graduation he married Lorraine Bengs in Reynolds, North Dakota on June 5, 1959. The couple moved to Bismarck where he began work at Sherwin-Williams as a store manager and made their home there from 1959-1968. They resided in Minot from 1968-1973. They returned to Bismarck until moving to Alexandria, Minnesota in 1979 where he began working at Lampert Lumber. John owned and operated the La Grand Resort on Lake Cowdrey near Alexandria. He later worked as a nurse’s aide at the Knute Nelson Memorial Home. In 2001 the couple moved to Moorhead where he worked part-time at Richard’s Tesoro.
He worked as a volunteer with the Moorhead Police Department. He was a member of the First United Methodist choir. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children, John Jr. (Kandy), Seattle, WA, Brian (Connie), West Fargo, ND, Jody (Nathan) Anderson, Fosston, MN; brothers, Dick (Sandi) Merino, CO, Alan (Mary) Prairie City, IA; sisters, Muriel (Arnie) Gilbertson, Apple Valley, MN, Nancy (Richard) Lloyd, Mason City, IA, Jean (Alan) Lepley, Plymouth, MN; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson.
John is preceded in death by his parents.