February 24 2004

[b]Obituaries[/b]

Posted by Kim
Elmer Schelske, 89

Funeral services for 89 year old Elmer Schelske of Chamberlain formerly of Reliance were held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain with burial in the Reliance Cemetery, Reliance, SD.

Elmer Henry Schelske, age 89, of Chamberlain, SD, formerly of Reliance, SD, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at the Good Samaritan Village in Sioux Falls, SD. Elmer was born July 2, 1914 at Hamill, SD, the son of Edward and Mary (Ott) Schelske. He graduated from Reliance High School in 1932 and continued his education in Chicago, IL at the College of Advanced Traffic. Instead of taking a position with Illinois Central, he hitched a ride on a produce truck headed for Chamberlain, SD. He started working on a farm, but making a living was not going to happen. He left Lyman County for a job with Beck Motor Company in California. Elmer returned to SD a year later to fulfill his dream of working the land and raising registered Hereford cattle. On November 16, 1940 he was united in marriage to Vaneta Tracy, in Gordon, NE and continued his love for her for 63 years. Elmer was an active member in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reliance and served in various offices of the church. He was a board member of the Farmer's Union Oil Company of Reliance, served as a Lyman County commissioner, and was an inspector for the County weed board. He also served on the Reliance School board. Elmer and Neta traveled extensively, loved to dance, play cards and spend time with their friends. Family was a big part of their lives and they were involved in their grandchildren's activities as much as possible.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his children: Myrna (Billy) Hale, Plattsmouth, NE, Harlan (Sonia) Schelske, Reliance, Lorna (Jerry) Kistler, Chamberlain, Judy (the late Doug) Brewster, Sioux Falls, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include 2 brothers, Adolph, Chamberlain, and Alfred (Edna), Reliance, and 2 sisters, Betty Fillbach, and Violet Burull-Borr, both of Riverside, CA.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Vaneta, on February 4, 2004, his parents, 1 brother and 3 sisters.

On Tuesday morning, Jesus took Elmer's hand and said, "Come follow Me, and I will give you Rest." Peace Dad. A memorial has been established.


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