WOODBURY — Donald G. Scheel of Afton, died peacefully April 24, 2013 after a brief illness. Don was born Sept. 22, 1926, on the Scheel family farm in Woodbury.
After graduating from St. Paul Harding High School, he worked as a lab technician at 3M. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and served at Fort Knox, Ky., where he made friendships that lasted a lifetime. He returned to 3M where he worked for 34 years, including service as Chemolite Oxide plant manager. In 1961, Don and Millie bought a farm in Afton where they raised sheep, along with the occasional steer, pony and duck.
He served on the Afton Township Board, was instrumental in Afton incorporating as a municipality, and later served as mayor for eight years. Don was an active leader at Woodbury United Methodist Church and in local 4-H and the Washington County Agricultural Society. After retiring from 3M in 1982, Don became a full-time farmer and became even more active in government and civic affairs. He served two terms on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, and participated in many regional boards and commissions.
His community activities expanded to include the St. Croix Valley Lions Club and Family Service of St. Croix Area (Canvas Health). He also found time to support and mentor younger farmers in the area.
Don and Millie were active travelers, visiting Europe numerous times, making mission trips to various Caribbean islands, and visiting friends, family, children and grandchildren across the country. Even after suffering injuries from a 2010 car accident, Don lived an active life, continuing to travel and surrounded by friends and family.
We thank Boutwells Landing for excellent care throughout his last two years. Don was loved by his grandchildren and all young people. He was a positive influence with every person and group he was involved with. His presence will be missed by all.
Don was preceded in death by parents William Jr. and Bertha (Pribnow), wife Mildred (Oehlke), and a baby son. He is survived by brother Lloyd and sister Beatrice Radke; sons Bill (Sue Thomas), Phoenix, and Jonathan (Judy), Petosky, Mich.; daughters Diana (John Ronk), Des Moines, Iowa; and Allison (Kevin Krueger), Woodbury; grandchildren Katie, Nikki, Alexander, Benjamin, Amanda, Joseph, Abigail, Sam, Creston, Leta, and Bree; and great-granddaughter Charlotte.
Memorial gifts in Don’s memory can be made to benefit 4-H through the Washington County Agricultural Society, 3393 Neal Ave. South in Afton MN 55001.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 29, with a 6 p.m. celebration of life service, both at Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road in Woodbury.