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Maurice L. Oelfke, 74, of Hamburg

Maurice Oelfke, 74, of Hamburg, died Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 11, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg with the Rev. Donald Andrix officiating. Kathy Oelfke was the organist. Soloist Jennifer Oelfke sang “On Eagle’s Wings.” Congregational hymns were “Peace, Like a River” and “Beautiful Savior.”
Casket bearers were Richard Tester, Warren Tester, Jim Klancke, Steve Klancke, Billy Wroge, David Wroge and Kort Oelfke. Military honors were by Green Isle American Legion Post 408. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Maurice Lowell Oelfke was born April 23, 1942, in Glencoe, the son of Albert and Malinda (Klancke) Oelfke. He was baptized as an infant on May 3, 1942, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth March 25, 1956, both at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He attended school in Arlington and graduated with the class of 1960. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Jan. 31, 1968.
On Aug. 22, 1964, he was united in marriage to LaVonne Kamps by the Rev. Vriesen at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed parsonage in Hamburg. The couple made their home on Mr. Oelfke’s farm. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Keith, Rachel and Jackie. They shared over 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Oelfke was a farmer, taking pride in being a good farmer and he enjoyed working hard. After retiring from farming in 2000, he worked at Arctic Fox in Delano. He was a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where he served on the church board. He also was a member of Green Isle American Legion Post 408.
Mr. Oelfke was a character and was known for his witty comments, getting everyone to chuckle or share a smile. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and taking the 4-wheeler for spins around the farm. Family was very important to him, and he valued their company.
He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Oelfke of Hamburg; children, Keith Oelfke (special friend Barb Ebeling) of St. Peter, Rachel Milan (special friend Doug Meyer) of Chaska and Jackie (Paul) Friedrichs of Belle Plaine; former daughter-in-law, Jenny Oelfke of Waconia; grandchildren, Kort Oelfke and Alexa Oelfke; brother, Ronald Oelfke of Glencoe; nieces, Bev (Jim) Hoeben of Brooklyn Park, Susy (Darwin) Dahlke of Belle Plaine and Sandy (Kevin) Luehrs of Glencoe; his canine sidekick, Chi Chi; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Malinda Oelfke; sister and brother-in-law, Orine and Clarence Illies; and sister-in-law, Sharon Oelfke.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com.