Ervin Mielke, age 74, of Alden, MN, died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Watertown, to Edward and Edna (Barlau) Miellke.
After graduation from Buffalo High School in 1952, he moved in with his uncle, Walter Barlau, helping him on the farm and selling cattle feed to area farmers.
Ervin served his country in the US Army. Following his time in the Army, he started trucking over the road for Nationwide.
He owned and operated his own milk truck in the Winsted area. A few years later, he bought his first farm in Howard Lake.
Ervin was united in marriage to Sandra Ohm Dec. 6, 1969. In 1972, they moved to his second and final farm, in Cokato, where they raised their five children.
Due to illness, Ervin sold the farm in 1984, and moved to town. He never stopped helping other area farmers.
In 1991, he moved to Albert Lea, to be close to Sandra’s family, and continued helping farmers in that area. He also enjoyed restoring old tractors, gardening, making toys, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ervin will be remembered by friends and family as an unselfish, honest, hardworking, and compasionate person, with a good sense of humor. He lived his life for others, and found the most pleasure from helping them.
Ervin is survived by his wife, Sandra; and their five children and eight grandchildren: Karen and fiance Jeff Rieke and her children, Ariel, Alex, and Anthony, of Fairfax; Alan Mielke and his children, Nicholas and Elexa, of Clarks Grove; DeAnna (John) Klein and their children, Kalin and Adriana of Hutchinson; Jennifer (John) Long and daughter Danielle of Nashua, IA; and Michael Mielke of Hutchinson.
He is further survived by two brothers, Marvin Mielke of Brandon, MN, and Donnie Mielke of Plato; and a sister, Lucy (Bing) Dobosenzenski of Clear Lake, MN.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister-in-law Bonnie Mielke; aunts; and uncles.
The funeral service was Friday, Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church of Pickerel Lake with the Rev. Wendy J. Anderson officiating.