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Arthur L. Mielke June 1, 1943 - Feb. 5, 2013

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Arthur L. Mielke June 1, 1943 - Feb. 5, 2013

OLIVIA - Arthur L. Mielke, 69, of Olivia, formerly of Sunburg, died Tuesday, February 5th at Golden Living Care Center in Olivia. His funeral will be held on Sunday, Mary 5th at 3:00 pm, at Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Saturday, May 4th at the church. Burial will be in West Norway Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, www.hafh.org.

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Arthur Lewis Mielke was born on June 1, 1943, on the family farm, rural Raymond, MN, the son of William and Rosina (Schmidtke) Mielke. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Raymond. He attended school in Raymond until the 10th grade when he left to help on the family farm. After the farm was sold, he purchased a small piece of acreage in Colfax Township, near New London. In 1976, he sold it and bought a farm near Sunburg. Art held various jobs until 1974 when he started working at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. He was force to retire after 29 years, in 2003, when he had a brain hemorrhage. Art was united in marriage to Marcia Carlson in October of 1977 and later divorced.

He was an avid reader and had a thirst for knowledge. He had a huge National Geographic collection of magazines of which he liked reading. He earned his GED while working at WRTC.

Art’s passions in life were attending auctions, his dogs, collecting and restoring old tractors, watching football, deer hunting and gardening. We also can’t forget how Art enjoyed “socializing” at the Sunburg Café. His love of animals was shown in how he cared and tended for his sheep. He will be remembered as someone who had a great sense of humor, always willing to help anyone, wonderful brother and a great uncle to his nieces and nephews.

He also was a Monson Lake State Park volunteer and member of Hope Lutheran Church in Sunburg.

In 2011, Art moved to Miriam Manor in Sunburg and later to Golden Living Center in Olivia. Surviving are his brother, Arnold Mielke of Park Falls, WI; sisters, Eleanor Wentzel of Murdock and Alvina Mathews of Dayton, NV; brother-in-law, Marshall (and Shirley) Ringness of Willmar; and several nieces and nephews, two great nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous friends. Also surviving are his special friends, Dean and Cheryl Westheim and former wife, Marcia Mielke of Willmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Ringness and brother-in-law, Merlin Wentzel.

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