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Harold "Bud" Hillard Michaletz

Funeral services celebrating the life of Harold "Bud" Hillard Michaletz, 81, of Glencoe were held Monday, March 18, from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. Officiating was the Rev. Harvey Kath.

Mr. Michaletz died on Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

The organist was Dawn Wolter, and soloist Marcia Dummer sang "Amazing Grace." The congregational hymns were "Just As I Am" and "Softly And Tenderly."

The pallbearers were Darrell Bruckschen, Ernie Bruckschen, Roland Bruckschen, Junior Ostlie, Rueben Michaletz and Russell Michaletz. Interment was in the First Lutheran Cemetery.

Mr. Michaletz was born to Henry and Irene (Bruckschen) Michaletz at their home in Bergen Township, McLeod County, on July 11, 1920. He was baptized on Aug. 1, 1920, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Bergen Township by the Rev. Baumhoefner. He attended the District 19 country school in Bergen Township through the sixth grade. Teachers at District 19 were Miss Sullivan, Miss Shaw and Oscar Hanson. Mr. Michaletz attended St. Peter Lutheran School for grades 7 and 8 and was confirmed on March 25, 1934, by the Rev. Schert. His confirmation teacher was Richard Reese, and confirmation verse was Rev. 3: 11.

On June 9, 1946, Mr. Michaletz was united in marriage with Esther M. Oelfke by the Rev. Wolfeil of Hamburg. The couple made their home on the Michaletz family farm.

In 1949, his parents had built a home in Glencoe, and Mr. Michaletz purchased the farm. On May 6, 1965, a tornado struck the farm as well as a number of other area farms, their church and school. The 16 buildings on his farm were totally destroyed.

The family decided not to rebuild, but bought a home in Glencoe. The farm was rented to Green Giant and various neighbors and then sold in 1974 to Robert Holmbeck.

Mr. Michaletz was employed at Lee's Market in Glencoe from 1965 through 1968, managing the frozen food department. After that, he took the head custodian position at Helen Baker Elementary School as well as driving school bus. In June 1980, Mr. Michaletz participated in the state school bus rodeo at St. Cloud where he placed fourth. He retired from the custodial position in 1983 and bus driving in 1994.

Mr. Michaletz's hobbies or special interests included fishing, hunting, bowling and reading. Deer hunting was an annual event with the Stolle family in Aitkin County. Mr. Michaletz bowled in the state tournament a number of times, with his team taking first place in 1982.

Mr. Michaletz enjoyed going out to the Jim and Howard Oelfke farms to assist with fieldwork. Having coffee at Lindy's also was a chance to catch up on news about town.

An active member of First Lutheran Church, Mr. Michaletz served as a deacon and on the cemetery board.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Vernon Michaletz; and sisters, Irma and Bernice Michaletz.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Michaletz of Glencoe; daughters, Carol (Peter) Risdal of Lakeville, Mary (Jay) Hermann of Richfield, Julie (Craig) Abraham of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Jon (Jackie) Schuelke of Carver, Erin (Jim) Thompson of Minneapolis, Russell Risdal of Chanhassen, Paul (Jennifer) Hermann of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jessica Hermann of Richfield, Erik Abraham of Baton Rouge, La., and John Abraham of Louisville, Ky.; great-grandchildren Samuel Schuelke, Bailey Thompson and Abigail Hermann; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Laura Michaletz of Glencoe, Ellen and Willard Bergmann of Hamburg, Harold and Norma Oelfke of Glencoe, Gilbert and Stella Oelfke of Shakopee, Kenneth and Anna May Oelfke of Hamburg, Howard Oelfke of Hamburg; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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