Wilfred Mengelkoch Oct. 7, 1923 - July 24, 2013
CLARA CITY - Wilfred Peter Mengelkoch, 89, departed this life on July 24, 2013. He was born October 7, 1923 in Golden Valley, MN to Joseph and Theresa (Hipp) Mengelkoch. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Golden Valley prior to entering the Army. He served in WWII from 1944-1946.
He married Florence Ciepielinski on September 7, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN. He worked for Northrup King and the Minnesota State Highway Department while living in Plymouth, MN. He and wife Florence moved to Eden Valley, MN in 1951 where they began farming and raising their family. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church until its closing, then the Assumption Church where he served on many committees.
He is survived by his nine children: Raymond (Roxie), Richard (Sheryl) and Charles (Mary) Mengelkoch (all from the Wichita, KS area); Jacob Mengelkoch (St. Paul, MN) and Gerald Mengelkoch (Chicago, IL) and four daughters: Jean Mengelkoch (Dallas, TX), Mary (Peter) Tavino (Litchfield, CT), Susan (Manfred) Zimmermann (Pace, FL), and Elizabeth (Daniel) Marcus (Clara City, MN), 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Wilfred is preceded in death by his parents, the mother of his children, one brother and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 and 9 to 10 am Saturday, Aug. 3 at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, Eden Valley. Funeral services with full military honors will be on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:00 am at Assumption Catholic Church, Eden Valley with burial immediately following at St. Peters Catholic Church cemetery. Lunch will be served at Assumption Catholic Church after the burial service.
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.