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Irl Henry Schaunaman

Aberdeen, SD

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Irl passed away Monday, May 3, 2010, at Manor Care Health Services, Aberdeen.

Irl Henry Schaunaman was born March 23, 1919, to Henry and Cecilia (Wullweber) Schaunaman, the second of 13 children, at their home near Aberdeen. Cecilia delivered Irl at home by herself while Henry was gone procuring the doctor. Irl was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen. He attended several schools in Lincoln Township. Irl graduated from Westport High School.

When Irl was 12 years old, he brought in a farm horse to race in the horse races at the Brown County Fairgrounds and won first place. He helped his father farm with horses when he was young. Irl played basketball and baseball and went to the state baseball tournament. Irl worked at the CC camps planting trees in the Black Hills. During the summers of 1948 and 1949, Irl went with his dad's new Dodge truck and new self-propelled Minneapolis Moline combine with a 12-foot head, and custom combined from Brownsville, Texas, up to the Westport area. When they were young, Irl and his siblings shocked a grain field as payment for an ice cream freezer. They later entertained many times with ice cream they made from ice cut out of Richmond Lake.

On Feb. 14, 1957, Irl married Irene Ristau at St. John's Lutheran Church, Highland Township. They lived in New Hope Township for a while. In 1959, they moved to a farm half a mile north of Warner. They farmed in that area for nearly 40 years.

Irl was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he held various church offices. He was treasurer of the Lutheran Layman's League for over 30 years. Irl was also a 30-year member of NFO and a longtime member of the South Dakota Farmers Union. Irl liked pitching horseshoes and bowling. He enjoyed going to farm sales with his sons. Irl especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Grateful for having shared Irl's life are his wife, Irene, Aberdeen; two sons: Lee (Kelly) Schaunaman, Aberdeen, and Gary Schaunaman, Warner; one daughter, Susan K. (Jon) Seaton, Aberdeen; six grandchildren: Naomi and Rachel Seaton, and Stephanie, Audra, Jonah, and Elijah Schaunaman; five stepgrandchildren: Amanda (Andy) Dolan, Pflugerville, Texas, Staci (Sreedhar) Thota, Greely, Colo., Justin Hull, Sioux Falls, S.D., Dominic Hull, Iowa City, Iowa, and Spencer Hull, Aberdeen; three stepgreat-grandchildren: Ryan and Adriene Dolan and Sohan Thota. He is also survived by his siblings: Harold (Pauline) Schaunaman, Westport, Don (Hazel) Schaunaman, Aberdeen, Albert Schaunaman, Aberdeen, Ila (Ardell) Ronning, Billings, Mont., and Lyle (Trudy) Schaunaman, Aberdeen; sister-in-law, Peggy Schaunaman, Sioux Falls; brothers-in-law: Mike Serna, Aberdeen, and Lyle (Virginia) Morrison, Ellendale, N.D.; and many nieces and nephews.

Irl was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: George Schaunaman, Anita Serna, Leon Schaunaman, Edwin Schaunaman, Henry Schaunaman Jr., Ruth Morrison and Vern Schaunaman.


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