MELVIN WENHOLZ

Melvin Wenholz, of Mora, Minnesota, died on January 17, 2008 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 92 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 26th at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

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The youngest child of Frederich and Marie (Stolt) Wenholz, Melvin Wilhelm Carleton Wenholz was born February 27, 1915 at Brook Park, Minnesota and baptized April 5, 1915 in Kroschel Lutheran Church by Reverend F.O. Mack. He attended country day school with his older siblings Winfield, Ethel, Myrtle, LeRoy and Mabel. After completing his education Melvin started his own trucking business. On December 31, 1935 he married Edna Merle Peterson by Rev. H.J. Malotky at St. John’s Lutheran Church and lived in the Pomroy area. Edna and Melvin and their son Richard moved to their farm outside Mora in 1937. They also raised a niece Alice. Besides farming Melvin worked for many years with his trucking company for Arcon Construction and other contractors. He and Edna were active members of Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. A dedicated and enthusiastic sportsman, he enjoyed the hunting and fishing seasons in Minnesota along with is lifelong interest in baseball and the Minnesota Twins.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers LeRoy Wenholz, Mabel Graber, Ethel Borchard, Myrtle Peale, Winfield Wenholz and their spouses. His wife Edna died on February 2, 2003.

He is survived by his son Richard Wenholz of Minneapolis; three grandchildren Philip Rurik (Katherine), Stephanie Marie and Daphne Eugenie; and one great grandson Ivan Philip; along with numerous nieces and nephews from Alaska, California, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin and Minnesota, who he very much enjoyed keeping in touch with.

Rev. Greggory Coop will officiate at the Funeral service. Organist will be Karen Kirschner. Pallbearers Galen Graber, Mark Graber, Dale Hawkins, Gary Harmon, Tom Heuer and Jim Goldsmith. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

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