Henry Schlick, 98, St. Martin
December 23, 1917 - December 31, 2015
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday January 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Henry Schlick, who passed away on December 31, 2015 at Koronis Manor Nursing Home in Paynesville, MN. The Rev Edward Vebelun, OSB, will officiate. Burial will follow the service at the St. Martin cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the St. Martin Parish Hall on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary with Catholic United Financial, Knights of Columbus, and St. Joseph’s Society on Wednesday night.
Henry Schlick was born on the family farm just southeast of St. Martin on December 23, 1917, to Mike and Catherine Schlick. After completing grade school, he attended the University of Minnesota Farm School for three winters and then returned to the family farm where he farmed until his retirement. He was a very good and successful farmer and dairyman -- he was always gentle with his cows. He was known for his dedication to his family and his community. He is remembered as the person who had time to help with a project, repair a toy, or teach the children how to use a tool or learn a new skill. He was a lifetime member of the St. Martin parish. Henry actively participated in Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Society, Catholic United Financial, and was a 30-year member of the St. Martin Lions, holding several offices over the years. He was an officer in the St. Martin Credit Union and was a director of the Paynesville and Zion Mutual Insurance Co. for 26 years. He volunteered for many community projects during his retirement years. He enjoyed bowling and was active in two leagues. He was a baseball fan and followed the St. Martin Martins and the Minnesota Twins.
Henry married Ada T. Schlick on December 23, 1974. In 1981 they retired from the farm and moved to St. Martin. During their retirement years, they enjoyed traveling together, visiting casinos, fishing with their grandchildren, and family events. In early retirement, Henry went to the farm to help Joe, played cards at the Silver Spur, learned to bake cookies, and tended a large garden.
Henry is survived by his four stepchildren: Jim (Sharon) of St. Cloud; Joe (Mary Jo) of St. Martin; John (Loretta) of Willmar; and Anne (Gary) Lauer of Hugo, MN. In addition, he is survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edwin, in May, 1971, and by his wife, Ada, in December, 2008.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Koronis Manor who treated Henry like family for the past 11 years.