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March 1, 1925 – Monday, December 10, 2012

Service Information
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Wednesday, December 12th
4-8 P.M.

Russell R. Paschke, age 87, of Winsted passed away Monday, December 10th, 2012 at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

He was born on March 1, 1925 in Sauk Centre the son of Alex J. & Ida Schuenke Paschke.

Russell was baptized in Sauk Centre on March 29th, 1925
He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism.

He honorably served his Country in the United States Maritime Service for four years from 1943 until 1946.

On August 4, 1947, Russell R. Paschke and Thaline B. Sporre were joined in holy marriage in Faribault. Gob blessed their marriage with eight children.
Russ was a former steam fitter. He later owned and operated Paschke Plumbing and Heating in Winsted & True Value Hardware store. Russ was also formerly employed at The Webster Creamery in Webster Mn. Armour Co. in St. Paul Mn. & Sterner’s Industries.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Russ served The Winsted Airport for thirty-five years. A new building at the Airport was dedicated to him.

Through the years, he built four airplanes and his passion was flying them. He was a very accomplished pilot! He also enjoyed fishing at his cabin in Crosslake Mn..

Survived by eight children: Steve (Mary) Paschke and David (Carol) Paschke all of Watertown, Stanley Paschke and Patty (Jerry) Wemhoff all of Winsted, Bonnie Fisher of Loretto, Connie (Tom) Schermann and Mary (Tim) Laxen all of Winsted and Wally Paschke and special friend Patty Adickes of Montrose; twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his wife: Thaline B. Paschke on June 20th, 2010, a grandson: Billy Wemhoff, his parents, infant twin brothers Ronald & Donald, a sister Delores and older brother Martin.

Funeral services for Russell Paschke will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 13th at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Mark Loder will officiate.

Interment with military rites Winsted Public Cemetery.

Kay Gueningsman will be the organist for the funeral service.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 12th from 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

Further visitation will be held on Thursday morning, December 13th at the church one hour prior to services.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Arden Johnson, Ralph Diers, Kevin Kubasch, Leonard Stoppelman, Felix Quast and Rick Stodola.

Casket Bearers will be Mike Paschke, Jennifer Schmidt, Kelli Paschke, Joseph “Joey” Paschke, Deanne Wemhoff and Joel Paschke.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Michael Thoennes

    Sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. Never easy to lose both parents. If there is anything we can do to help, let us know.

  2. Matthew & Monica Hayes

    We will miss you.


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