Maurice Schlechter, 86, of Polo, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at St. Liborius Catholic Church, Polo with Father John Helmueller and Father Chester Murtha, celebrants. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, 2014 followed by a 7:00 p.m. wake service, all at the church. Maurice Anton was born to Conrad and Mary (Venjohn) Schlechter on June 11, 1928 at their home near Polo, South Dakota in Hand County. He received his education at St. Liborius School at Polo. He helped his father on the farm until June 12, 1951 when he married Kathryn Wernsmann at St. Liborius Church. They moved to a farm southwest of Polo where they farmed and raised nine children: Doris, Mike, Ted, Mary, Jean, Carol, Robert, Cindy, and Kathryn. Maurice was a member of St. Liborius Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He served many years on the Polo School Board and was also on the Fairview Township board. In his youth, he enjoyed playing amateur baseball and hunting. Later years, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.
His legacy will be cherished by his wife, Kathryn of Polo; nine children: Doris (Randy) Juhnke of Chamberlain, Mike Schlechter of Miller, Ted (JoEllen) Schlechter of Huron, Mary (Kevin) Neuhauser of Midland, Jean (Kevin) Engen of Brookings, Carol (Mike) Goodrich of Crooks, Robert (Sheila) Schlechter of Miller, Cindy (Gaylon) Gerber of Pierre, and Kathryn (Jeff) Schulz of Aberdeen; nine grandsons; 13 granddaughters; nine great grandchildren; two brothers: Lornie Schlechter of Polo and Paul (Pearl) Schlechter of Polo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Mary Schlechter; and a grandson, Jack Schulz. Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Maurice’s arrangements.