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Dennis W. Mielke, 72

Dennis W. Mielke, age 72, of Cologne, passed away Friday June 21, 2013 at his home.

He was born June 23, 1940, in Watertown, the son of Willmar A. and Sarah E. (Templin) Mielke.

Dennis was united in marriage to Mary Salden April 30, 1960, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. Mary passed away Feb. 22, 1991.

On March 22, 1993, Dennis was united in marriage to Doris Cebulla in Glencoe.

Dennis was known and loved for his individualism, his sense of humor, and his loyalty to family and friends.

After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and developed his passion for the air and the sea.

He returned to Carver County to manage his family farm, putting innovations into place that later became accepted practices.

Without hesitation, he switched careers midlife and became a successful Realtor.

He had an adventurous spirit and loved piloting his plane and captaining his beloved boats.

Dennis was very proud to become a “Winter Texan,” enjoying his winters in South Padre, TX. It was more than just the warm temperatures and the cool waters of the Gulf that he appreciated. He saw himself in the bold, individualist, frontier mentality that to him personified the spirit of Texas.

In addition to his wife, Mary, Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, Willmar and Sarah Mielke; and a brother, Alan Mielke.

Dennis is survived by his loving family; wife Doris; children Cheryl (Colin) Robertson of Lagrang, IL, Tim (Debra) Mielke of Wheaton, IL, Barry (Susan) Mielke of Lester Prairie, Robin (Kirk) Ney of Omaha, NE; Julie Cebulla and friend Eddie Leggenhager of Texas, and John and Jimi Cebulla of Texas; grandchildren Ian Robertson, Sean Robertson, Matthew Mielke, Nicholas Mielke, Anthony Mielke, Erin Mielke, Alex Mielke, Ellen Mielke, Anna Mielke, Evelyn Mielke, Laura Ney, Kayla Ney, Juliana Cebulla, Victoria Cebulla, and Christina Cebulla; and great-granddaughter Sentina Mielke.

He is further survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Dean and Joan Mielke of Midlothian, VA, and Jackie Mielke of Plymouth; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Roseann and Larry Schabel of Iowa, Kathy and Mike Bergmann of Walker, Michele and Clarence Hudinski of Chaska, and William and Dawn Salden of Cologne; mother-in-law Lorraine Kelzer of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carol Kelzer of Iowa, Joe and Debbie Kelzer of Mayer, Paul and Kathy Kelzer of St. Louis Park, Jerry and Lora Kelzer of Waconia, John and Marcie Kelzer of Randall, Donna Herman of Chaska, Ron and Julie Kelzer of Mayer; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne, with Father Gregory Abbott as celebrant of the Mass. Interment was at the church cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, June 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Tuesday one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Casketbearers were Duane Wolff, Fred Beier, Augie Kreye, Larry Scherber, Duane Lind, Virgil Hedtke, and Dale Farber.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.