Oswald William Schenfisch, 95, Makoti, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Oswald “Ozzie” was born April 5, 1918, on the family farm at Makoti, to Edward and Therese (Janz) Schenfisch. He was the oldest of five children. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church at Makoti and attended Mountrail Township country school through the eighth grade. He then farmed for several years.
Ozzie was drafted into the United States Air Force on Oct. 26, 1942. He served during World War II in the European African Theater. He was stationed in Maine and New Hampshire before being transferred to Greenland, where he served until the end of the war. He worked on many types of aircrafts and trained with Lockheed Vega in Burbank, Calif. During his service, he was awarded several medals and ribbons, including the Army Air Force Technical badge, and also qualified as a sharpshooter on the .30-caliber rifle.
After his honorable discharge, as a Sergeant, on Feb. 16, 1946, Ozzie returned to Makoti and continued his life’s work as a farmer. He was a charter member of the Makoti Threshers Association and supported many other community events and activities. He was an active member of his church and served as the clerk of Mountrail Township in Mountrail County for over 30 years.
Ozzie enjoyed fishing and loved to take people out in his new boat; it was always more fun when the fish were biting! In 2008, due to failing health, Ozzie entered Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center and later moved to Trinity Homes, both in Minot.
God bless the memory of Oswald Schenfisch.
Ozzie is survived by: his brothers, Wilmar (Mary Ann) and Orlan (Sharon), both of Makoti; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clarence; sister, Bernice Walsh; and nephew, Dennis Walsh.
Funeral: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at 2 p.m., in St. Paul Lutheran Church, rural Makoti.
Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall, and Friday one hour prior, to the service, in the church.
Interment: St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Makoti.
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