Darrvol (Darv) Alfred Charles Hedtke, age 82, of Chetek, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 with his family at his side. He battled cancer for more than two years.
Darrvol was born at the family farm in New Germany, Minn. on December 25, 1938, where he was also baptized on January 15, 1939. He received his Christian education at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and School in New Germany. He was confirmed on April 6, 1952.
Darrvol married VirJean Schulze on October 17, 1958, in Stewart, Minn. He worked hard all his life, mostly in feed mills and co-ops. Later, he worked for Maple Grove Heating for 25 years, where he finally retired completely at the age of 78.
He served in the Minnesota National Guard, where he served his country for 27 years, and retired as a Sergeant Major as Food Service Supervisor for the 47th Infantry Division G-4, out of St. Paul, Minn.
It wasn’t all work, as he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, golf and most of all, dart ball. He was a very active member in several different churches, as he moved every 20 years. He was on the church council at every church he went to.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 63 years, VirJean (Schulze) Hedtke; daughter, Roxanne Harrison of Rome, Ga.; sons, Randall (Nancy) Hedtke of Kings Mountain, N.C. and Ronald (Brenda) Hedtke of Ham Lake, Minn.; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Virgil (Gladys) Hedtke; sisters, LeAnn (Hilary) Sauter and Majel (Virgil) Wendorf as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and LuVerna (Templin) Hedtke and a brother, Larry.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Dallas Lutheran Church in Dallas with Pastor Pete Friberg officiating. Visitation was held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021 at Dallas Lutheran Church and two hours prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Spooner.
He will be missed very much by family, and many friends, especially his golfing buddies...hit’em long and straight, Fore!
In lieu of flowers, memorials can go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. Online condolences can be made at www.rauschandsteelfuneralhome.com.