Melvin Glen Buttenhoff, age 77, of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, while a resident at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Nursing Home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 22, 1938, at his parents’ home in Middleville Township, Wright County, the son of Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff.
A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized Oct. 23, 1938, by the Rev. Eugene Seltz, and confirmed in his faith March 29, 1953, by the Rev. Theodore Melinat.
Melvin attended Howard Lake High School, graduating in 1957.
He then served his country in the US Army from 1959 until 1964.
Mel was united in marriage to Beatrice Haag Sept. 28, 1963, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. Their marriage was blessed with two children, son Daryl and daughter, Dwan.
The family made their home for many years on a farm in Middleville Township. Mel was employed as a sheet metal worker while also operating the farm.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing dominos. Mel was instrumental in the Cokato and Buffalo farmers markets because of his love of gardening.
As a member of St. James Lutheran Church, he served on various boards.
Mel loved visiting with family, friends, and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Alvina Buttenhoff; sisters; brothers-in-law; and a nephew.
Mel is survived by his loving wife, Bea; son Daryl (Dorothy) Buttenhoff of Howard Lake; daughter Dawn (Larry) Tjeerdsma of Volga, SD; grandchildren David, Grace, Danielle, Clare and Luke; special friends Chelsea Smith and Jared Horton; nieces; nephews; and many more relatives, and friends.
A memorial service took place Monday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. Interment was in the Howard Lake Cemetery
There was visitation Sunday afternoon, Jan. 24, at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.
Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Howard Lake.