Walter Robert Marreel, 94

Published 10:19 am Monday, January 26, 2015

Walter Robert Marreel, 94, of Austin, died on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, at Comforcare in Austin.



Walter was born on Jan. 14, 1921, to Hector and Herminea (Parmentier) Marreel, on their family farm near Carpenter, Iowa. After his schooling, Walter worked on the farm with Hector until Walter enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. During a short leave, Walter ended up meeting his future bride, Dolores Davis, at the Terp Ballroom. He and Dolores were married on Jan. 16, 1946, in Wilmington, Delaware. Walter was honorably discharged from military service and moved back to Minnesota with Dolores.

Walter worked for the George A. Hormel Foods Company starting in 1951. He also worked for Wagner Construction and other various part-time jobs. He retired from Hormel’s in 1982.

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Walter was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, horseback riding, and following the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Walter loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Family gatherings were very important and he rarely missed them.

Walter is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dolores of Austin; children: Janet (Robert) Douty of Rose Creek, Mark (Laurie) Marreel of Rochester, Roseria (Michael) Webeck of St. Charles, Mary (Steven) VanZee of Apple Valley, Michael (Sharon) Marreel of Owatonna, Madonna (Bob) Rosel of Rose Creek, Tim Marreel of Austin, John Marreel (Deb Arneson) of Rochester, and Dan (Laura) Marreel of Austin; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, three sisters; and a grandson, Dustin Rosel.

A funeral Mass will at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Fr. Dale Tupper officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral at Queen of Angels. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Rose Creek. Military graveside rites will be performed by the Austin American Legion Post No. 91. Mayer Funeral Home is entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Online Condolences-