FAIRBURY — Erwin Carl Wascher, 87, of Altamont, died unexpectedly at 2 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2005) in the Via Christi RMC-St. Francis Campus Hospital in Wichita, Kan.
Visitation for family and friends will be 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Altamont, with the funeral service conducted by the Rev. Mitchel E. Schuessler following the visitation at the church. Family burial rites will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Fairbury at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kull Funeral Chapel in Altamont.
For those who prefer memorial contributions, they may be made to The Lutheran Care Center Corporation or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Erwin Carl Wascher was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Prairie Township, Shelby County, near Stewardson, the son of Walter and Bertha Soltwedel Wascher.
He was a former member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Shumway, where he served as chairman of the congregation for several years, and presently was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Altamont.
Mr. Wascher served as a director for the Lutheran Care Center Corporation for two terms and was the past president. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Force, holding the rank of technical sergeant, enlisting Jan. 20, 1942, and received his honorable discharge Oct. 14, 1945.
Mr. Wascher completed his education by receiving his MBA from Ball State University. He was employed in the feed business by Honeggers & Co. in Fairbury, for 17 years; the Hubbard Milling Co. of Mankato, Minn., for two years; the Allied Mills of Chicago for 10 years; and the ConAgra feed division as general manager in the St. Louis area for five years before his retirement in 1979. He continued to do consulting work in the feed industry until 1981, when he and his wife moved to the Lake Sara area near Effingham, before building a home and residing in Altamont for the past seven years.
He married Florence Fern Fluga on Dec. 20, 1942, in the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Shumway. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Douglas Erwin Wascher of Maple Grove, Minn.; two daughters, the Rev. Judith Kay Wascher, Windom, Kan., and Barbara Jean (David) Schrandt, Chaska, Minn.; one brother, Daniel Wascher, Effingham; one sister-in-law, Eileen Wascher, Neoga; five grandsons, Joel Wascher, Tim (Heather) Wilt, Brian (Stephanie), Tony and Jeffrey Schrandt; and two great-grandsons, Kelly and Brett Wilt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Stewart Alan Wascher, in his youth; and two brothers, Nathan and Walter Wascher Jr.