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Donald W. ‘Donnie’ Schrader, 75, of Plato

Donald W. “Donnie” Schrader, 75, of Plato passed away Thursday Aug. 16 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato officiated by Rev. Tyson Mastin. Visitation was Sunday Aug. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service all at the church. Interment with military honors by the Plato American Legion at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Plato.
Donald “Donnie” William Schrader was born Feb. 18, 1943, in Glencoe, Minn., the son of Edwin and Lenora (Heckman) Schrader. He was baptized as an infant at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. Donnie was confirmed at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato.
Donnie enlisted in the United States Navy Jan. 25, 1962. He served on the USS Shangr-La and after his obligated service, Donnie received his honorable hischarge Jan. 8, 1964.
Donald was united in marriage to Diane M. Loehrs at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia Sept. 16, 1972. This union of 45 years was blessed with children, Julie and Mark.
Donnie was a lifelong resident of Plato. He had worked at TF Miller, Kenny’s Garage, Green Giant/Seneca and most recently as a courier for Ridgeview Medical Center. Donnie was a past team member of the Plato Blue Jays baseball team and Pat’s Place softball team. He was also a retired member of the Plato Fire Department and an active member of the Plato American Legion Post 641.
Donnie was an avid fan of his grandchildren’s activities. He enjoyed time at the cabin, especially when spent with family and friends. Donnie also enjoyed fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors.
Donald is preceded in death by his father and mother, Edwin and Lenora Schrader; brother, Warren Schrader; mother-in-law, Renata Loehrs.
Donald is survived by his loving family: wife, Diane Schrader; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Brian Graupmann of Plato; son, Mark Schrader of Minnetonka (special friend Marisa Johnson and her son Aiden); grandchildren, Brady, Addison and Jack Graupmann; brother and sister-in-law, Wendell and Kathryn Schrader of Glencoe; sister and brother-in-law Romane and Duane Ehrenberg of Norwood Young America; sister-in-law, Ouida Schrader of Mississippi; father-in-law, Erland Loehrs of Waconia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dennis and Donna Loehrs of Waconia; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Melanie and Ralph Ertl of Mayer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jeff Schrader, James Schrader, Doug Schrader, Steve Ehrenberg, Troy Loehrs, Ryan Loehrs served as casket-bearers. Randy Ehrenberg, Scott Schrader and Tom Schrader served as honorary casket-bearers.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.