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Robert H. Mielke, 81

Robert Harold Mielke, age 81, of Big Lake and California, formerly of Delano, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at the New River Extended Care in Monticello.

He was born Sept. 11, 1928, to Harold and Marie (Graupmann) Mielke in Hennepin County.

Bob retired from Ford Motor Company after 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tommy.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Yvonne (nee McMorrow); children David Mielke and Brenda Rahlien, Laurel (Frank) Slavik, Paul Mielke and Jan Dixon, Mary (Bryon) Olson, Mike (Candice) Mielke, Ayn Mielke Penglase of Sydney, Australia, and Heidi (Scott) Johnson; 16 grandchildren: John, Jess, Justin, Chris, Jackie, Sara, Tom, Tyler, Gabrielle, Bridget, Abby, Dylan, Ben, Cody, Paige, and Cory; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends took place Friday, Aug. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano, with prayers and remembrances at 7:45 p.m.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.