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Allan Elke, 50

Allan Elke, age 50, of Little Falls, formerly of Dassel, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud.

Allan was born April 6, 1959, in Minneapolis, to Virginia and the late James Elke.

He enlisted into the US Army Oct. 23, 1977, and proudly served his country. He was honorably discharged Feb. 15, 1978.

Allan was united in marriage to Katherine Ryan April 8, 1984, in Hudson, NH.

He greatly appreciated his time spent in the great outdoors, fishing, hunting, and camping. Allan had a true love and passion for outdoor photography, and he spent much time walking the woods taking beautiful photographs.

Allan is survived by wife, Katherine Elke of Little Falls; son Steven (fiancée Kristine) Elke of Little Falls; daughter April Elke of Little Falls; grandchildren Domanic and Gabbriela Elke; brothers Mitch (Diane) Elke of Dassel, Wes (fiancée Kathy) Elke of Litchfield, and Tyler Elke of Reno, NV; and sisters Tess Hinkle of Litchfield, Kim (Terry) Jack of Bird Island, and Tricia (Eric) Lee of Dassel.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Elke; and a brother, Timmy Elke.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie, with Father Raymond Donnay officiating. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery near Little Falls.

Friends called from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements were with the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls; www.shelleyfuneralchapels.com