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John Mlinar, 81

John Mlinar, age 81, of Hutchinson, was called home to be with our Lord Sunday, April 17, 2016.

John was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Hutchinson, the son of Edward and Maude Mlinar. He spent his formative years in west Winsted.

He was baptized and confirmed at the Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake.

John received his education in District 10, and then graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1952.

He enlisted in the US Army for three years.

John married the love of his life, Carol Ann Briesemeister, Nov. 29, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. This marriage was blessed with two children, Ann and Mark.

John graduated from Dunwoody in automotive electronics in 1960. He worked in Owatonna and Faribault, before moving to Pipestone to work at the vocational school in 1968, as an instructor in automotive technology.

The family moved to Hutchinson in 1970, where John started the automotive program in Hutchinson. This program was awarded as the outstanding automotive program in the US in 1984. John retired Dec. 31, 1999.

He also served on the Hutchinson City Council from 1982 to 2002.

After retirement, John was known to answer the phone stating “John’s Repair.” He had a reputation of being able to repair anything. His retirement hobbies included building a lakeshore home, growing hostas, and spending time with family and friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Carol; his two children, Ann (Dan) Rahl of Chaska, and Mark (Michele) of Hutchinson; grandchildren, William and James Rahl of Chaska, and Paige, Kaitlyn and Andrei Mlinar of Hutchinson; a brother, Ed; brother-in-law, Donald (Donna); and nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Maude (Doubrava) Mlinar; and sister-in-law, Florence Mlinar.

John’s funeral service took place Thursday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Kevin Oster officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Our Savior Lutheran Church new Early Learning Childcare Center in Hutchinson.

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