Howard Sheimo, 96, of Granite Falls, died Friday, March 10, 2012 at the Clarkfield Care Center.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 13 at Granite Falls Lutheran Church with burial later that afternoon in Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens in Montevideo.
Visitation and reviewal took place Monday, March 12 at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls and continued 1 hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday morning.
Howard LeRoy Sheimo was born on November 7, 1915, in Granite Falls, the son of Charles and Sarah (Kjertsen) Sheimo. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended school in Granite Falls.
On September 4, 1938, Howard was united in marriage to Daisy Mary Coburn in Milbank, SD. He worked as a conductor stationed in Montevideo, for the Milwaukee Railroad from 1937 until his retirement in 1972. From 1942 to 1946, Howard served his country in the United States Army during WW II, seeing action in the European Theatre of Operations. He participated in the initial landing at Utah Beach in France and in 2001 was the recipient of the Normandy Beach Medal at ceremonies held in New Ulm. He survived numerous battles in France, Belgium and Germany. Howard was a proud patriot and always felt honored to have answered the call when his country needed him.
He was a member of the American Legion in Granite Falls, and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Montevideo. He was a member of Granite Falls Lutheran Church and belonged to the United Transportation Union for 65 years, serving as its president and secretary for much of that time. He was a 3rd Degree Mason and past president of the Western Minnesota Shrine Club. He served as Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star and was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Howard volunteered his time for many years at the Granite Falls Senior Meal Site.
He is survived by his daughter Debra (Dennis) Enstad of Granite Falls; grandchildren: Lisa (Rodney) Johannes, Timothy (Julie) Enstad; Lori Schreifels (Brian Shroyer) and Ryan (Teresa) Enstad; great grandchildren: Cody, Stephanie, Shayna, Krystal, Lexey, Tim Jr., Hunter, Brandon, Kasandra, Brianna, and Tayla; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Daisy (in 1984); and by his brothers Arthur & Tyler.
Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls was in charge of arrangements.