Spud Schanzenbach traveled world for wheat association
Funeral services for Milo “Spud” Schanzenbach, age 87, of Selby were held Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the UCC Church in Selby.
Burial was in the Selby Memorial Gardens under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Spud passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Milo “Spud” Schanzenbach was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Selby to August and Ella (Peterhoff) Schanzenbach. He grew up on a farm south of Selby and graduated from Selby High School in 1943.
Following graduation he farmed with his family until entering the U.S. Army in early 1945. He served with the 10th Army 53rd Port in Okinawa. He was honorably discharged as a Tec 4 on Dec. 7, 1946.
Ten days after his discharge from the Army, Spud married Virginia “Ginger” Weiszhaar in Mobridge. After their marriage they made their home on a farm southwest of Selby. Spud began farming with his father and continued the farming operation throughout his life. He was a grain farmer with an emphasis on wheat and, in later years, corn and beans. As a member of the U.S. Wheat Associates, Spud traveled the world visiting 30 countries, including Russia and China, promoting American wheat. He also spent a short amount of time in the insurance business.
Spud was a past chairman of the U.S. Wheat Associates and served on the board for 11 years. He spent 12 years on the South Dakota Wheat Commission, which included being chairman. He was president of the South Dakota Wheat Producers, vice president of the South Dakota Jaycees, charter member of the Selby Jaycees and May Acres Golf Club. He was also on the Selby School Board and was president when the elementary addition was built. He held multiple positions at the UCC Church. He was a member of the Selby Area Men’s Chorus and an active member of the “Weekend Loafers” for many years. He was the author of the “Dakota Dust” article that was published periodically in the Selby Record. He was a member of the Selby American Legion for more than 65 years.
Spud was a very outgoing man. He loved attending his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events. He also enjoyed reading, following politics, hunting and watching the Twins and Vikings on TV.
Spud is survived by his wife, Ginger of Selby; children, Michael (Sandy) of Fargo, Patti (Roger) Baumann of Selby, James (Tami) of Selby, and Scott (Dawn) of Selby; grandchildren, Brandee (Craig) Reichard of Castle Rock, Colo., Cory (Cass) Schanzenbach of Fargo, N.D., Justin (Heather) Schanzenbach of Selby, Kristin (Joe) Vyhnalek of North Platte, Neb., Kyle (Gail) Baumann of Mobridge, Kimberly (Nick) Pearson of Bismarck, N.D., Christopher Schanzenbach of Selby, Brittny Schanzenbach of Aberdeen, and Olivia and Ava Schanzenbach of Selby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, Robert (Norma) and Clifford (Agnes), and two nephews.
Casket bearers were Brandee Reichard, Cory Schanzenbach, Justin Baumann, Kristin Vyhnalek, Kyle Baumann, Kimberly Pearson, Christopher Schanzenbach and Brittny Schanzenbach.
Honorary pallbearers were the “Weekend Loafers” and Duane Wells.