LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Earl H. Schrandt, 93, of La Crescent passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the Hillview Healthcare Center in La Crosse.
He was born May 31, 1924, in Winona, to August and Emma (Nast) Schrandt. At the age of 17, he began work as a welder in the Bremerton, Wash., shipyards. He returned to Winona and enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served for two years during World War II. On Jan. 27, 1951, he married Joyce Belter, in Winona.
Earl worked for 35 years as a welder for the Trane Company in La Crosse, before his retirement. He was a member of First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crescent and served on the finance committee for many years. Earl was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by two sons, Brian of La Crescent and Todd of Keller, Texas; three granddaughters, Ashley Theisen of Winona, Izabella and Savannah Schrandt both of Texas; a great-grandson, Corbin Flury of Winona; three sisters, Jean Strain and Ruth Dennis, both of Winona and Betty Fritz of New Holstein, Wis.; a brother, Robert Schrandt of Money Creek; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lambert and Arnold; along with three sisters, Lovelette Richnofsky, Elaine Cerney and Donna Koetz.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at First Ev. Lutheran Church, 414 Main St., La Crescent, with the Rev. Chris Christenson officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Wilson Township, Minn. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Military honors will be held immediately following the services at the church. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crescent is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.