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Bruce Bradley Mielke, 68, Brownton

Bruce Bradley Mielke, 68, of Brownton, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at his home.
 
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with the Revs. Scott Grorud and Dave Wollan officiating. Mike Lauer was the pianist. Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Beyond the Sunset” and “How Great Thou Art.”
 
Urn bearers were Logan Broich and Eva Broich.
 
Bruce Bradley Mielke was born July 9, 1947, in Glencoe, the son of Reuben and Verna (Bennet) Mielke. He was baptized at his parents’ farm in Sumter Township, McLeod County, on Dec. 14, 1947. He was confirmed in his faith on May 21, 1961, at St. John’s Church in Hassan Valley Township. He was educated at Brownton Public Schools and furthered his education in business administration in Minneapolis.
 
On May 10, 1996, he was united in marriage to Jolene Neubarth at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. They shared 19 years of marriage. Mr. Mielke’s most treasured memories were of traveling through Europe, Hawaii and the U.S. with his wife Jolene and his daughters, Lisa and Erika.
 
Although Mr. Mielke held various jobs, music was always his main profession. His career spanned 56 years, performing all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe. He has entertained everywhere from Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, to the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as well as many ballrooms through the United States. On Sundays, he hosted his show, “Sunday Polka Parade,” on the New Ulm radio station KNUJ.
 
Although he made his living as a musician, Mr. Mielke also held employment at Factory Direct Furniture. He also had previously been employed at Bruce Bradley Ford and Richard Larson Builders.
 
Mr. Mielke was one of the founding members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2008. He was currently serving on the board of directors. The Bruce Bradley Band was named band of the year by the Ballroom Operators.
 
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Hutchinson Commandery 40. He also was a member of the Zuhrah Shriners. Mr. Mielke had a tremendous sense of humor, and loved to tell jokes or embellish a story.
 
He is survived by his wife, Jolene (Neubarth) Mielke of Brownton; daughters, Erika Mielke of Brownton, Lisa (Kevin) Broich of Ham Lake and Shelly Mielke of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Logan, Eva, Turner and Keegan Broich and Jenna and Austin Mielke; mother-in-law, Joan Neubarth of Gaylord; sister-in-law, Darla Neubarth of Buffalo Lake; brother-in-law, Bradley Neubarth of Elk River; and other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Verna Mielke; and father-in-law, Earl Neubarth.
 
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.