Joseph M. Olmscheid, 93, of Melrose, formerly of Belgrade, died Nov. 23, 2020, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital. 

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  

Joseph Michael Olmscheid was born March 18, 1927, in St. Martin, the son of Nicholas and Theresia (Bauer) Olmscheid. He attended country grade school near St. Martin. On Oct. 19, 1948, Joe was united in marriage to Verena Kampsen. This union was blessed with five sons and five daughters. They made their home in Elrosa where he farmed and hauled milk. In retirement, he worked at the Elrosa Elevator and did carpentry work. They moved to Belgrade in 2012 and just recently to Park View Center in Melrose.  

 Joe was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church where he served as an usher and was a member of Catholic United Financial. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, farming and playing ball with the kids in the backyard. He especially loved time spent with his family, playing guitar for his family during gatherings, woodworking and making things for his family.  His pride and joy was giving rides to his grandchildren on the Ford tractor and some good-natured teasing. He is remembered for the love and care he gave to his wife and family, his smile, laughter and teasing, strong faith and always telling his kids to “get home safe” when they were leaving. 

 He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Verena; children Diane (Ken) Dold of Sauk Centre, Don (Audrey) Olmscheid of Paynesville, Rosann (Dave) Braegelman of Belgrade, Jim (Lorali) Olmscheid of Victor, Montana, Mark Olmscheid of Belgrade, Mary Beth (Dennis) Rath of Belgrade, Deb (Denny) Yoerg of Clear Lake, Ron “Butch” (Emmy) Olmscheid of Albany and Lisa (Jim) Meyer of Albany; daughter-in-law Jeanne Olmscheid of Paynesville; 30 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; siblings Rose Terres and Elmer (Marilyn) Olmscheid; sister-in-law, Norine Olmscheid; and numerous nieces and nephew.  

 Joseph was preceded in death by his son, Steve; great-granddaughter Addison; parents; brothers Leander and Francis and sisters Lidwina, Christine and Lucille. 

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade. 

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