GUSTAVE J. ROEHLKE

G. Roehlke webGustave J. Roehlke, died at his home on Saturday, May 1. He was 89 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 6 at Mora United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dennis Buckley officiating.

VISITATION will be on Wednesday May 5, from 4 PM to 7 PM at Akkerman – Ingebrand Funeral Home, and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Gustave Julius Roehlke of Mora, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, 2010 after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 89 years old.

Funeral Services will be held May 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Mora, officiated by Reverend Dennis Buckley. Pallbearers are Michael Etter, Lance Roehlke, Tyler Agnew, Dan Engblom, Bryan Engblom, and Dick Smith. Internment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call between 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday May 5, and an hour prior to the service. Arrangements are being made by the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

Gus was born October 18, 1920 in Corcoran Township, Hennepin County, Minnesota to Walter & Josephine (Hein) Roehlke.

He was the oldest of 13 children and grew up on a farm near Burschville, Minnesota. He attended school at the District 107, Hennepin County through the 8th grade. Gus had a variety of jobs as a teenager to help support his family. He helped haul gravel, thresh grain, and run the sawmill.

In 1940 he worked for an uncle delivering fuel oil, which inspired him to purchase his own truck and begin a business hauling milk from the farms to the creamery.

On February 28, 1941 he married Elaine Phillips in Minneapolis. Together they had four children. In November of 1942 he reported to Fort Snelling for basic training in the Army Medical Core. He served as a medical NCO for two years. Following his discharge from the army he resumed his milk hauling business. Gus accepted a position as manager at the Co-op in Marietta, Minnesota in 1952. The following year he managed the Co-op in Wheaton, Minnesota.

In 1954 Gus & Elaine moved their family to the Mora area and opened a Marshall Wells Hardware Store. They remained in the hardware business through the transition of S & Q (Service & Quality) and FOK. Gus retired in 1985. He served the Mora community on the Kanabec County Hospital Board, the Kanabec County Fair Board, the Mora Improvement Committee, the Mora Industrial Committee and the Mora Downtown Improvement Committee. He was a past president of the Mora area Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Dakota Retail Hardware Association. In recent years he has also been an active member of the Gideon Society, the Knife Lake Sportsmen Club and a member of the United Methodist Church where he was very active in the Men’s organization.

On May 25th, 2002 he married Betty Lindstrom at the United Methodist Church in Mora and they made their home at Knife Lake.

He is survived by his wife Betty, and his children Juanita (Dave) Etter of North St. Paul, Amy (Ron) Agnew of Yukon, Oklahoma, Arnie (Jean) Roehlke of Big Lake; six grandchildren, Cassandra (Jason) Stickler, Myranda Severson, Lance Roehlke, Tyler Agnew, Michael (fianc Jo Jackson) Etter, and Laura Etter. Also six step-children, Michael (Claudette) Engblom-Bradley of Anchorage, Alaska, Dan (Gail) Engblom, Sandra (Ken) Hill both of Princeton, Kathy Engblom of Milaca, Lori Engblom of Mora, Bryan (Deb) Engblom of Blaine and 14 step-grandchildren. Also survived by his sisters, Ida Braun of Osseo, Myrtle Reichert of New Hope, and his brothers, Wesley (Eileen) Roehlke of Rogers, Alex Roehlke of New Hope, and Walter (Dorothy) Roehlke of Fridley.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine, daughter Marilyn, by three sisters who died in early childhood; Emma, Ethel and Mildred. Also sisters Glorena Rogers, Florence Bjorklund, Marvella Haggstrom and Erla Johnson.

During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, caring for his lawn and flowers, woodworking, fishing, and being chief cook at many events. Gus is loved and cherished by his family and friends. His faith in God sustained him through many joys and hardships. He will be missed by all who knew him.

2 guestbook entries for GUSTAVE J. ROEHLKE

  1. Todd & Debi Holmes May 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Arnie, Thinking of you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Todd and Debi (Stenstrom) Holmes

  2. Carol Allman May 6, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Arnie & family – Sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember him as a very kind man. I hope you have some great memories from your time together.

    Carol Allman

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