Melvin Kadlec, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at his home. He was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Pastor Ivan Fiske officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are REQUIRED at the services for Melvin. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.
Melvin Donald Kadlec, age 87, of Mora, MN, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at his home east of Mora. Melvin was born on June 4, 1933, in Brook Park, MN, the son of the late Emil and Dorothy (Zellmer) Kadlec.
He walked to school two miles daily, and since there was a big hill halfway there, it truly was uphill both ways! He often talked about growing up north of Mora on their farm. The hard work of clearing the land, picking rocks, and tilling the soil with draft horses made him greatly appreciate his rock-free farmland in Comfort Township, bought in 1960.
At the age of 16, Melvin took over his father’s trucking business due to his failing health. This was the beginning of his life-long career in trucking. He raised registered Herefords and had a small hobby farm. He loved snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and tinkering on farm equipment and small engines. He always said he was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. He was a good problem solver. He enjoyed all of his work, especially working with his customers. In spite of only finishing the eighth grade, he was a very successful businessman for 65 years.
He married Alyce Mae Dickinson in 1956 at the Presbyterian Church in Mora, MN. They have been married 65 years.
Melvin surrendered his life to God at the age of 41 when he realized his need for Christ. He maintained his faith to the very end, which made his passing very peaceful. He was a member at Quamba Baptist Church for many years and at Emmanuel Baptist Church in more recent years.
The joy of his life was his family; two of his favorite names were Dad and Grandpa. He was ready to ride with his kids and grandkids at a moment’s notice and was always willing to travel thousands of miles to visit family. He enjoyed numerous trips to the Philippines, Thailand, a three-week mission trip to Venezuela, and a two-week cruise to Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Florence Chouinard and brother Ralph Kadlec.
He is survived by his wife Alyce; children, Allen (Melody) Kadlec of Mora, Sher (Gary) Nyquist of Cottage Grove, Lori (Fredy) Balbuena of Charlotte, NC, and Linnae Bosma (Fred) of Corcoran; 12 grandchildren, Todd, Tracy, Emily, Brandon, Ryan, Brianna, Josiah, Jedd, Katie, Karissa, Justin, and Trent; and 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sister Leona Lescault of Coon Rapids; brothers Ernie (LaVonne) Kadlec of Fairhaven, and Harvey (Sue) Kadlec of Turtle Lake, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Thank you to the marvelous staff of St. Croix Hospice Care for incredible and much-appreciated care and service which they provided over his last month.