Roy Leonard Dalchow, age 76, of Montrose, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Delano.
He was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Watertown Township, Carver County, the son of Emil and Louise Dressel Dalchow. Roy was baptized Sept. 20, 1931, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in rural Watertown. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at the same church by the Rev. Stillwagen March 25, 1945.
Roy honorably served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
He was joined in holy marriage with Luella E. Krause, May 18, 1955, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano with the Rev. M. J. Lenz officiating. God blessed their marriage with four children: Clyde, Lynn, Joleen, and Cheryl.
Following their marriage, Roy and Luella engaged in farming for eight years on the Dalchow homestead near St. Bonifacius. They moved to their present residence in Montrose in 1963.
Roy was formerly employed at several factories, until he was physically forced into an early retirement in 1988. He suffered his first stroke in 1992, recovered nicely, and led an almost normal life until suffering another stroke in October of 2005.
He was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose.
Roy was also a volunteer fireman on the Montrose Fire Department for more than 20 years.
He was an avid fisherman all of his life. Roy took pride in giving cleaned “sunnies” and crappies to the elderly and friends.
Roy is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Luella Dalchow; children, Clyde (Leslie) Dalchow of Montrose, Lynn (Larry) Weinzierl of Delano, Joleen Luhman of Montrose, and Cheryl (Troy) Kriesch of Buffalo; and 10 grandchildren: Andrew Dalchow and fiancé Jami Croston, Ryan Dalchow and Aaron Dalchow; Henry Weinzierl, Kelsey Weinzierl and Devin Weinzierl; Katelyn Luhman, Eric Luhman and Brandon Luhman and Hannah Kriesch.
He is further survived by brothers Leonard Dalchow of Hanover, and Milfred (Gwen) Dalchow of Mayer; sisters Gladys Clasen of Eden Prairie, Lorena (Linus) Remer of Maple Grove, and Verna Graunke of Norwood/Young America; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ione Kespohl, Eldoris Jaunich, both of Delano, Eldon (Leora) Krause of Park Rapids, Mildred (Vernon) Jager of Waverly, and Robert (Donna) Krause of Montrose; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Brian Luhman; brothers-in-law Virgil Clasen and Orville Graunke; parents-in-law Carl and Mabel; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Elmer Kespohl, Marvin Krause, Virginia Krause, and Wallace Jaunich.
Funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montrose with the Rev. Robert J. Hellmann officiating. Interment with military rites followed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends called Friday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were granddaughters: Katelyn Luhman, Hannah Kriesch, Kelsey Weinzierl and Devin Weinzierl.
Casket bearers were grandsons: Andrew Dalchow, Ryan Dalchow, Aaron Dalchow, Henry Weinzierl, Eric Luhman, and Brandon Luhman.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.