Wilfred Mengelkoch of Clara City, formerly of Eden Valley died Wednesday, July 24, 3013. He was 89.
Funeral services with full military honors will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley with burial immediately following at St. Peters Catholic Church cemetery. Lunch will be served at Assumption Catholic Church after the burial service. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Eden Valley, with parish prayers at 7 p.m., and also after 9 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.
Wilfred Peter Mengelkoch was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Golden Valley to Joseph and Theresa Mengelkoch. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Golden Valley prior to entering the U.S. Army. He was a Tec 5 Tractor Driver and served in World War II, in the Battle of the Bulge, from 1944-1946, and received the Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 1 bronze star, 2 Overseas Service Bars, and Good Conduct Medal during his service. He was very proud to serve his country and was equally proud that five of his children also served in the United States Air Force and Navy.
He married Florence Ciepielinski Sept. 7, 1947, in Minneapolis. He worked for Northrup King, and the Minnesota State Highway Department while living in Plymouth, Minn. He and his wife Florence moved to Eden Valley in 1951 where they began farming and raising their family. He had a passion for the land; his philosophy in life was “Take care of the land and the land would take care of you.” He retired in 1979 and moved into Eden Valley. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church until its closing, then the Assumption Church where he served on many committees. He spent quality time with family, relatives and friends, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and going to farm auctions and county fairs.
Wilfred is preceded in death by his parents; the mother of his children; one brother and three sisters.
He is survived by his nine children Raymond (and Roxie), Richard (and Sheryl) and Charles (and Mary) Mengelkoch, all from the Wichita, Kan. area; Jacob Mengelkoch of St. Paul, Gerald Mengelkoch of Chicago, four daughters Jean Mengelkoch of Dallas, Texas, Mary (and Peter) Tavino of Litchfield, Conn., Susan (and Manfred) Zimmermann of Pace, Fla., Elizabeth (and Daniel) Marcus of Clara City; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Mengelkoch family would like to thank the entire Clara City Care Center staff for their many years of wonderful and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clara City Care Center, P.O. Box 797, 1012 N. Division Street, Clara City, MN 56222. Williams Dingmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.