1/6/2021 8:51:00 AM Private family funeral held for Delbert Schatz Sr.
The private family funeral service for Delbert "Pike" Schatz Sr., 88, a longtime Stewartville resident, will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville with Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion Post 164 will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Mr. Schatz died on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, following a lengthy illness with congestive heart failure at Mayo Clinic Rochester-St. Marys Campus. Delbert Francis Schatz was born on Dec. 2, 1932 in Mower County, Minnesota to Arthur and Della (Duhrman) Schatz. He grew up in Stewartville and attended country school and Stewartville High School. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1953, received his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, and was a member of the famed "All American" 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In August of 1955 he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and completed his Army career with an honorable discharge in 1961. Delbert was married to Clarissa (Susie) Oswald on May 29, 1955 in Dillon County, South Carolina. The couple lived in Stewartville, where they raised their family and have made their home, just shy of 60 years. Pike was employed at the Spring Valley Mines, Fullerton Lumber Company in Rochester and was a longtime employee at Greenway Co-op in Stewartville and Rochester. After his retirement, he was employed as a custodian at the Stewartville School District for a number of years. Susie was a homemaker and was employed at the Stewartville Bakery and as a cook at the Stewartville Care Center for many years. Mrs. Schatz died on March 18, 2015. Delbert was baptized on Jan. 15, 1933 and confirmed on May 18, 1947 and was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville. He served as a scoutmaster for Stewartville's Boy Scout Troop 156 and was a unit commissioner for the Boy Scouts in Southeast Minnesota. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed woodworking and making toys. He is survived by two sons, Richard (Cindy) of Brooklyn Park, and Timothy (Judy) of Stewartville; a daughter-in- law, Sandy Schatz of Racine; nine grandchildren, Anita (Jon) Milburn, Austin (Gina) Schatz, Arica Schmoll, Polly (Matt) Zimmerman, Arika (Aaron) Muellner, Nicole (Rich) Rowley, Amy Schatz, Kristine Schatz (Eric Fields) and Michael Schatz (Kate Macey); 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great- grandson, Ezra; two sisters, Joan Hill and Ardell DeBough, both of Stewartville; and sister-in-law, Shirley Schatz of High Forest. He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie, his son, Delbert Jr., his parents, one brother, Marlin Schatz, and sister, Eileen Krahn. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Pike are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.