Walter Qualle, 76Walter Melvin Qualle, 76, of Red Wing, died March 18 at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.
Walter Melvin Qualle, 76, of Red Wing, died March 18 at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.
He was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Dennison, Minn., to Lewis and Amanda (Strombach) Qualle. He attended Cannon Falls High School and worked for several farms in the area before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 where he served until he was honorably discharged in 1959. He married LeannNelle Welt on July 1, 1958, at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing. The couple made their home in Red Wing. Walter worked at Red Wing Shoe and Red Wing Iron Works before working at Swanson Plumbing and Heating in Hastings where he worked for 31 years.
Walter was a member of the American Legion Leo C. Peterson Post 54, Sheet Metal Workers Local #10 and the Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis. He enjoyed camping and fishing at Spencer Lake in Siren, Wis., where he and his family went for 41 years. Aside from fishing, he also enjoyed gardening (particularly tomatoes) and rock polishing.
Walter is survived by his wife, LeannNelle of Red Wing; two children, Donna (Jay) Chytracek of Cannon Falls and Jay (Donna Carlson) Qualle of Belvidere; four grandsons, Ryan and Travis Qualle and Carson and Tyler Chytracek; sister Cindy (Marland) Husaby of Cannon Falls; brothers Russell (Arlene) and Virgil (Darlene) Qualle of Cannon Falls; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Clifford, Joe, Edward, Leslie, and Henry; and three sisters, Lil Wohfeil, Gertude McKinley, and Agnes Lawson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, at First Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Rev. Brian Scott and Debby Bradley officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Leo C. Peterson Post 54. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at church.
Arrangements handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home - Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.