Herman H. Schamber
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Herman H. Schamber, age 87, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Yankton with Pastor Winfried Schroeder officiating. Burial will be in Freeman Cemetery in Freeman, South Dakota. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with the family present from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Stephen Schamber II, Timothy Larsen, Mark Schamber, and Joel Schamber.

Herman Schamber was born November 13, 1929, in Freeman, South Dakota, to Richard and Carolina (Haar) Schamber. He was baptized into the Christian faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church on November 28, 1929 and renewed his baptismal vows at his confirmation on April 18, 1943. He attended St. Paul Lutheran School in Freeman and graduated from Freeman High School in 1947. After working at various jobs in and around Freeman, he was called to serve in the United States Army on October 15, 1951 and served in Korea for 1½ years. After his discharge, he worked in Freeman for several years and then at various jobs in the Black Hills including Homestake Blacksmith Shop and Black Hills Power and Light Co. He returned to Eastern South Dakota and worked for Northwestern Public Co. as a lineman for 31 years until his retirement in 1991. He married Freda Rath on July 1, 1961 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada and to this union three children were born: Stephen, Sandra, and Jacob.

Survivors include his wife, Freda of Yankton; two children: Stephen (Robin) Schamber of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Sandra (Darin) Larsen of Omaha, Nebraska; seven grandchildren: Stephen II, Mark and Joel Schamber, Timothy, Katherine, Sarah, and Angela Larsen; one brother, Gerhard Schamber of Freeman, South Dakota; two sisters: Ruth Preheim of Freeman and Anita Davis of Belle Fourche, South Dakota; sister-in-law, June Schamber of Freeman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jacob in infancy; three brothers; and five sisters.

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My deepest sympathy to the family. May God be with you in this time of sorrow. A caring man and great neighbor.

Joe and Laurie Labarge

Our Prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of sorrow. Uncle Herman was my sponsor and always took time to care and pray for me that I will never forget-----a great christian example for me and others----We will miss him.

Bruce and Cinda Schamber

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was a great man and will be missed.

Cindy Anderson Graham

I a mess sorry for your loss. Wishing your family peace and comfort.

Wanda Brown

My sincere condolences to the family at this sad time. As you continue to receive comfort from those who are close to you, May God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you during this difficult time. ( 2 Corinthians 1:3,4).


A hard working father and husband....a great fellow employee of northwestern public service.

ed highland and ruth

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