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Wilmer A. Borchardt, 88

Wilmer Arno Borchardt, 88, of Pepin, WI/Mission, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 7, 2017 in Texas at the Mission Nursing & Rehabilitation Center due to complications following a heart attack six weeks earlier.

Son of Arno and Alma Borchardt, he attended school at St. John's Lutheran School in Good Thunder, MN; Wilmer farmed with his family until joining the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War. He married Cora Elsie Glaubitz of Willow Creek, MN on May 24, 1952. They lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, farming most of their lives while raising their five children. In 1979, they moved to Durand, WI. After many years of working for the City of Durand, he settled into retirement until Cora's passing in 1994.

In December 2000, Wilmer married Mary Jane Scheihing. They enjoyed traveling and visiting friends between Wapello, IA and Mission, TX until Mary Jane's passing in 2011.

Wilmer made friends easily, lived happily and independently, took occasional fishing and camping trips, loved family gatherings, was especially proud of all his 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and never missed sending birthday wishes.

Survived by children Donald (Mary) Borchardt of Pepin, WI; David (Penny) Borchardt of Amboy, MN; Lorna Borchardt of St. Paul, MN; Lester (Lori) Borchardt of Pepin, WI; and Bruce (Sue) Borchardt of Hillsboro, WI. Also survived by brother Ivan (Donna) of Good Thunder, MN and sister LaVone Anderson of Owatonna, MN.

Preceded in death by parents Arno and Alma Borchardt, first wife Cora, infant son Ronald, second wife Mary Jane, brother Marvin, sister-in-law Marilyn and brother-in-law Lyle Anderson.

Memorial service to be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Amboy, MN on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.