LAUREL — Walt Urwiler, 86, Laurel, died April 13, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center, Sioux City, Iowa.
Visitation and Prayer Service were April 15 at United Lutheran Church, Laurel.
Funeral services were April 16 at United Lutheran Church, Laurel, with Rev. Marc Rakow officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Verneal Gade, Charlie Paulsen, Claire Hansen, Louis Tolles, Val Morten, Merle Lockwood, Lee Dahl, Hart Vollers, Floyd Stingley, Walt’s great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many special friends.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren, Kody Urwiler, Brandi Settje, Stephanie Carson, Aaron Carson, Jason Swanson, Justin Swanson, Jessie Swanson, Jacob Swanson, Kenny Paul Kramer, Mariah Kramer, Elijah Johnson, Aten Johnson and Daleelah Johnson.
Interment was in the Laurel Cemetery, Laurel.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home, Laurel.
Walter Carl Urwiler was born Aug. 24, 1924, at Laurel, to Carl and Hilda (Streun) Urwiler. He attended Logan Valley Country School and graduated from Laurel High School. Walt married Ethel Christensen in 1950. They had three children, Greg, Steve and Laurie. The couple lived in Laurel. He owned and operated a Standard Oil and Ag. Chemical business, Urwiler Oil and Fertilizer, for many years. Walt married Cherry Gade Johnson Feb. 10, 1979, at United Lutheran Church. Walt and Cherry spent many winters in Sun City, Ariz.
He was a member of United Lutheran Church, many community clubs and organizations, which he loved.
Walt is survived by his wife, Cherry; sons and spouses, Greg and Deb Urwiler, Laurel; Steve and Mitzi Urwiler, Laurel; and daughter, Laurie and husband, Leland Carson, Laurel; three step children and spouses, Mina and Bill Young, Laurel; Mona, and Forrest Kramer, Waterbury; Matt and Tekla Johnson, Lincoln; mother-in-law, Kaja Gade, Laurel; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gertrude Holtzclaw and Nel Gustman; one brother, Verner; and parents-in-law, Elmer and Edna Christensen and Paul Gade.
Memorials may be directed to the United Lutheran Church Memorial Scholarship Fund.