Maurice Schlaht

Maurice Gale Schlaht, 85, Burke, S.D., died Friday, May 21, 2010, at Community Memorial Hospital in Burke.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 25, at United Methodist Church in Burke. The Rev. Mark Turner officiated.

Maurice Schlaht, was born on Aug. 6, 1924, to Daniel and Amelia (Hochhalter) Schlaht in Herrick, S.D. He attended school in Herrick and other area country schools. He lived in Moline, Ill., for two years before graduating from Burke High School in 1944.

On Dec. 21, 1952, he married Sylvia Iler in Burke. After their marriage they lived and continued to reside in Burke for 57 years. He worked in excavation with his father-in-law until 1965. He was a deputy sheriff for 10 years. He then served as chief of police for Burke until his retirement.  

He was an active member of the Burke United Methodist Church, where he served on the board for several years, Burke Volunteer Fire Department, Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star as well as the Peace Officers Association. He enjoyed sports, fishing, hunting, dancing, going for drives, playing catch, cards and Yahtzee and was an avid goose and pheasant hunter. He also enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren in their sporting events.

Mr. Schlaht is survived by his wife, Sylvia; five children, Maurice James, Jr. Gregory, S.D.; Gregg (Joan) Schlaht, Lockhart, Texas, Melinda Kruse, Luverne, Brenda (Arlyn) Klundt, Lead, S.D.; and Jody (Pat) O’Brien, Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine grandchildren, Benjamin Schlaht, Bedford, Texas, Brandon Schlaht, Rapid City, S.D., Amy and Grant Schlaht Lockhart, Whitney and Jennifer Kruse, Luverne, and Austin (Kristen) Klundt, Harrisburg, S.D., Joshua Klundt, and Grace Grommesh, both of Sioux Falls, one great-grandson; two sisters Margaret (Bert) Dickman, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Elizabeth Ahlstrand, Peoria, Ill.; and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George, Elmon, Sol and Gilbert Schlaht; three sisters, Gertie Fitzgibbons, Leota and Velma Morat; and a granddaughter, Hope Schlaht Grommesh.

Clausen Funeral Home, Burke, was in charge of arrangements.

To sign an online guest registry, go to www.clausenfuneralhome.com.

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