Melvin A. Lemke, 87
Nov. 17, 1919 - July 3, 2007
BAXTER - Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie for Melvin A. Lemke, 87, of Baxter, formerly of Long Prairie, who died Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at St. Cloud VA Hospital. The Rev. Paul Biegner will officiate and the burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church.
Melvin was born Nov. 17, 1919, in Long Prairie, Minn., to Albert and Ida (Langhoff) Lemke. After the death of his father when Melvin was in eighth grade he quit school to help support his family. Melvin was a proud man. He always quoted his mother Ida as saying, "If you work hard and do an honest day's work, you'll always sleep well at night." Melvin always did.
Melvin served his country in WWII as an Army medic. He was in the 99th infantry and fought in the largest battle of WWII, the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor and bravery. He repeatedly went out on the battlefield under fire without regard for his own safety to help and retrieve fellow wounded soldiers. He was a typical war veteran and talking about that part of his life never came easily.
Melvin served his country in WWII as an Army medic. He was in the 99th infantry and fought in the largest battle of WWII, the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor and bravery.
Melvin married his lifelong companion Marilyn D. Thompson on Dec. 27, 1946, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Little Sauk. Melvin and Marilyn had two daughters and resided in Long Prairie until their move to Brainerd in 1967. Melvin co-owned and operated the Long Prairie Mobil Oil Company. In Brainerd Melvin purchased and operated Mel's Tire Service until his retirement. Melvin always said, "There was never a day I didn't enjoy turning the key to the front door and going to work." He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd and past member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie. Melvin was an avid fisherman, hunter, sportsman and loved to go camping with his family.
Melvin is survived by his two daughters, Carol (Roger) Schultz, of Pillager, Jacalyn (Bradley) Wittwer, of Bozeman, Mont.; grandchildren, Wayne Klatt, Lisa Jensen, Amy Schultz, Tarcy Wittwer, Alisha Wittwer, Adam Wittwer and Alvin Carey; great-grandchildren, Amber, Brandon and Blake. Melvin is also survived by his one sister, Florence Bundy, of Long Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Marilyn, on Aug. 14, 2005; three sisters, Norma, Margaret and Dorothy; five brothers, Raymond, Victor, Frederick, Robert and Albert; and son-in-law, Edward Klatt.
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