Walter Schnellbach

April 14, 1933-April 10, 2021

Walter Schnellbach, 87,

Velva, died Saturday,

April 10, 2021 in a Velva

nursing home.

Walter Schnellbach was

born on April 14, 1933, a

son of Joseph and Regina

(Wagner) Schnellbach in

Drake, ND. He was raised

on the family farm near

Drake and attended rural

schools. He obtained his

GED later in life.

On April 3, 1953,

Walter enlisted into the

United States Army. He

proudly served his coun-

try until his honorable

discharge on November

14, 1954.

On August 14, 1955,

Walter was united in mar-

riage to Darlene J. Kriede-

man in Drake, ND. They

made their home in

Minot, where together

they raised their family.

Walter began working

on the Soo line Railroad

for 2.5 years before begin-

ning a lifelong career in

construction. He worked

for Peter Kiewit Construc-tion Company on the

Minot Air Force Base and

later became

owner/operator of Con-

crete Construction Com-

pany in Minot and

Bismarck, which he

owned until retirement in


Walter enjoyed spend-

ing time with his wife,

playing cards and Bingo.

He loved music, especial-

ly old time gospel, which

he shared with his

church, Southside church

of the Nazarene, where he

was a member.

Prior to his stroke he

loved to play guitar and

harmonica (usually at the

same time).

He is survived by:

Wife of 65 years, Dar-


children: Connie (Jeff)

Behrens, Bonnie (Dan)

Wiest, Susan (Donny) Job,

Joleen (John) Koth, Patri-

cia (David) Pollert, Anna

(Paul) Kuntz, Kathy (Lon-

nie) Grabowska, James

(Kim) Schnellbach,

Charles Schnellbach, Tho-

mas (Jeanne) Schnellbach;

numerous grandchildren

and great-grandchildren;

Siblings: John (Agnes)

Schnellbach, Albert

Schnellbach, George

(Shirley) Schnellbach,

Rose Kohler; as well as

several nieces, nephews

and cousins also survive.

Walter was preceded in

death by his parents,

brothers, Jacob and Ed-

ward, sister, Loretta Bur-

khard, and grandson

Shawn Grabowska.

Visitation: Friday, April

16, 2021 one hour prior to

the service at the church.

Private family Funeral

Service: Friday, April 16,

2021 at 11 am at South-

side Church of the Na-

zarene, Minot

The funeral service will

be videotaped and

uploaded to the link

found on Walters obituary

on www.thompson


Graveside Service:

Sunset Memorial Gar-

dens, Minot

In lieu of flowers fami-

ly requests memorials to

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