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Harlow Schemmel

Harlow Schemmel

Harlow Schemmel, 82, of Parachute, passed away March 22, 2009, at the Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.

He was born June 28, 1926, in Watertown, Wis. Harlow graduated from high school in Hartford, Wis., in 1943. Harlow joined the U.S. Navy in the Construction Battalion (SeaBees) on Oct. 19, 1943, and served with the 1040 CB Special Detachment in the Philippines and in Tsingtao, China.

Comrade Schemmel was discharged April 24, 1946, and subsequently attended Milwaukee School of Engineering (refrigeration), and was employed by Milwaukee Refrigeration Co. for the next 12 years.

He then worked for Kuhlman Engineering Inc. for more than 30 years, designing and installing industrial refrigeration systems for ice rinks, cold storage plants, and meat plants throughout the United States.

He retired in 1989 and moved to Battlement Mesa in 1991 from Independence, Mo.

While in Battlement Mesa, Harlow was actively involved in the VFW, Valley Senior Center and many other community programs.

Recently, Harlow helped organize and then served as first congregational president for Shepherd of the Mesa Lutheran Church (WELS) in Battlement Mesa.

Survivors include sons Dale of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and Dean (Barbara) of New Berlin, Wis.; daughter Debbie of New Berlin; sister Lois Spangenburg of Fon du Lac, Wis.; grandchildren Douglas of Wausau, Wis., and Marie (Joel) Staffeldt of New Berlin; sister-in-law Mary Prentice of Kansas City, Mo.; brother-in-law Jesse Blaine of Florence; and many great friends in the Mesa/Garfield county area.

In lieu of flowers, Harlow asked for donations to be made to Shepherd of the Mesa Church Building Fund, in Battlement Mesa.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center Community Room, with Pastor Bill Cornelius officiating. A light lunch will be served after the service by the Shepherd of the Mesa Lutheran Ladies Aid.

A graveside military service and interment will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction.

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