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Melroy M. Mielke

Melroy M. Mielke, 82, of Park Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003 at MeritCare Health System in Fargo, N.D.

He was born Nov. 12, 1921, at Camden Twp., Carver Co., the son of Henry F. Mielke and Emilie Wischnack.

He was baptized Dec. 4, 1921, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf, and confirmed April 14, 1935, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, by the Rev. Theodore Rolf.

He married LaVerna I. Schmidt August 26, 1941, at St. John Lutheran Church, Hollywood Twp., New Germany by the Rev. Theodore Rolf.

Melroy enjoyed spending time with his family at Park Rapids, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He loved to fish, go deer hunting, and play cards.

Melroy farmed, worked at J.R. Clarke, Advance Machines, and helped Duane on the farm after his retirement.

Melroy and LaVerna moved to Park Rapids in 1987.

Funeral services for Melroy M. Mielke were Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004.

Melroy was preceded in death by parents Henry and Emilie Mielke, sister Selma Schroeder, brothers Ruben and Ortwin Mielke.

Melroy is survived by his loving wife LaVerna, daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Harlan Klaustermeier of New Germany, son and daughter-in-law Duane and Theresa Mielke of New Germany.

He is further survived by grandchildren Thomas Mielke, Janet Mielke, Steven and Jennifer Mielke, Danny and Jennifer Mielke, Kevin and Kris Mielke, John and Georgianna Klaustermeier, Jason Klaustermeier, Joel and Julie Klaustermeier, great grandchildren Logan, Conner, Nicole, John D., Martin, Timothy, Andrew, and Samuel.

He is also survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lorraine Mielke of Webster, Wis., Ralph Schmidt of Hopkins, Alvin (Pete) and Glenna Schmidt of Mayer, Alice Lenz of Mayer, Orland and Gladys Schmidt of New Germany, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, New Germany, with the Rev. Allen Holthus officiating.

Interment was at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, New Germany.

Casketbearers were his grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia.

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