Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Orville Mielke of Sauk Rapids died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at Country Manor Health Care Center, Sartell. He was 83. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids with Rev. Paul Cloeter and Rev. Harvey Ehlers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Friends called from 4-8:30 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to services Monday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Trinity Lutheran prayers were at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Orville N. Mielke was born March 24, 1925, in Maine Prairie Township to Percy and Barbara (Arens) Mielke. He graduated from Kimball High school and married Dorothy Dammann July 9, 1950, in Concordia Lutheran Church, Fairhaven. Orville was a dairy farmer and participated in many conservation practices on his farm. He also built habitats on his land for wildlife, planted many trees for shelter and dug ponds for ducks, geese, deer and pheasants. His land was truly a paradise for wildlife.
Orville was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Alaska as an M.P. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served as deacon and was on the Trinity school board. Oriville was very active in his community, serving on countless farm, township and county committees. He was a member of Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 and Sauk Rapids Sportsman Club. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Jill Marie; and stepfather William Monroe. Orville is survived by is wife of 58 years Dorothy of Sauk Rapids; children and their spouses Karen (and Dave) Strohschein, Gail (and Don) Reginek, Loren (and Barb) Mielke, all of Sauk Rapids, and Kevin (and Sue) Mielke of Rice; brother Basil (and Myrna) Mielke of Detroit Lakes; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; stepbrothers Ken (and Charlotte) Monroe and Tom (and Angie) Monroe, all of Foley; and stepsister Mary Jo (and Virgil) Anderson of Anderson. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the American Stroke Association or Prince of Peace Lutheran School or donors wishes. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Country Manor for taking care of Orville for the last five years; it was very much appreciated. Arrangements were made by Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.