Ex-county commissioner, Afton mayor Scheel dies

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Funeral services for former Afton mayor and Washington County Commissioner Donald Scheel are 6 p.m. Monday at Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road in Woodbury, with visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Scheel died Wednesday after a brief illness.

WOODBURY — Funeral services are set Monday for former Afton mayor and Washington County Commissioner Don Scheel, who died Wednesday after a brief illness.

Along with his political career, Scheel was active in 4-H, the county’s Agricultural Society, St. Croix Valley Lions Club and Family Services of St. Croix Area (Canvas Health).

Scheel also mentored and supported young farmers in the area, not a surprise since Scheel became a full-time farmer when he retired after 34 years at 3M.

Scheel was born Sept. 22, 1926, on the family’s Woodbury farm. After graduating from St. Paul Harding High School, we worked as a lab technician at 3M, the served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and Fort Knox, Ky.

Scheel and his wife, Millie, bought an Afton farm in 1961. Scheel went on to serve on the Afton Township Board and was instrumental in the city incorporating as a municipality. Scheel went on to serve eight years as Afton mayor.

After retiring from 3M, Scheel turned his attention to farming and civic affairs, serving two terms on the county Board of Commissioners and participating in several regional boards and commissions.

Scheel and his wife were active travelers, even after Scheel was injured in a 2010 car accident. Scheel lived at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights for the last two years.

Scheel is survived by his brother, Lloyd, and sister, Beatrice Radke; sons, Bill (Sue Thomas) of Phoenix, and Jonathan (Judy) of Petosky, Mich.; daughters Diana (John Ronk) of Des Moines, Iowa, and Allison (Kevin Krueger) of Woodbury; grandchildren Katie, Nikki, Alexander, Benjamin, Amanda, Joseph, Abigail, Sam, Creston, Leta, and Bree, and great-granddaughter, Charlotte.

Scheel was preceded in death by parents, William Jr. and Bertha (Pribnow); wife, Mildred (Oehlke), and a baby son.

Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a 6 p.m. Celebration-of-life service, both at Woodbury United Methodist Church, 7465 Steepleview Road in Woodbury.

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