Erwin W. Scheel, age 88, of McHenry, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Burr Oak Manor in Genoa City, WI.
He was born July 23, 1921 in Germany to Otto and Emma (Koepke) Scheel. On November 23, 1946, he married Elisabeth Marie Scheel in Germany.
Born and raised in Germany, Erwin served in the German Air Force. He and his wife came to the U.S. in 1961, and became residents of McHenry. An auto mechanic prior to retirement, Erwin worked at Loeber Motors in Arlington Heights and then in Crystal Lake at the Volkswagen dealership.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry. Enjoyments included the outdoors, going on walks, biking, and hiking. His family fondly remembers his love of eating, and being a fan of his wife’s cooking and baking talents.
Survivors include a daughter, Ingrid Knechtsberger of Mosinee, WI; and a son, Guenter (Karen) Scheel of Wonder Lake; three grandchildren, Bryan (Jenny) Scheel of Genoa City, Kevin (Amy) Scheel of Peoria, Arizona, Julie Knechtsberger of York, PA, and a sister, Irma Hanel of German.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elisabeth, on July 3, 2008; and a brother, Otto Scheel.
A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The visitation will resume from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, October 30, at Zion Lutheran Church, McHenry. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Aaron Witt officiating..
Inurnment will be in Woodland Cemetery, McHenry.
Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family. For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.