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Maynard E. Brinkman, 87, of Glencoe

Maynard Elmer Brinkman, 87, of Glencoe, formerly of Norwood Young America (NYA), died Monday, March 30, 2015, at Glencoe Regional Health Services.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato with the Rev. Tyson Mastin officiating. Cheryl Andrix was the organist. Soloist Justin Rierson sang “You Are Mine.” The St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir sang “Take, Thou, My Hand and Lead Me.” Congregational hymns were “The Strife is O’er, The Battle Done,” “Christ, the Life of the Living” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
Casket bearers were Mr. Brinkman’s grandchildren. Interment was in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Plato.
Maynard Elmer Brinkman was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Helen Township, Glencoe. He was the son of Elmer and Selma (Jensen) Brinkman. He was baptized as an infant on Oct. 9, 1927, by the Rev. E. Kolbe, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 27, 1941, by the Rev. Alfred Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education in Glencoe, graduating with the Stevens Seminary class of 1945.
On Sept. 23, 1951, he was united in marriage to Marian Lange at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, Glencoe. The couple made their home in Helen Township until 1957, when they moved to Camden Township, Young America, and then, in 1991, moved to Glencoe. In 2012, Mr. Brinkman became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care. The Brinkmans’ marriage was blessed with three children, Susan, David and Daniel. They shared over 55 years of marriage before Mrs. Brinkman’s death on July 22, 2007.
Mr. Brinkman was a farmer. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato, where he sang in the choir, was chairman of the church council, and was active in the men’s club. He also was a member of the Norwood Young America District 108 School Board, co-op and agricultural boards.
Mr. Brinkman enjoyed playing cards, taking drives with his wife, fishing and traveling. He showed cattle at the local county fairs and loved to attend the fairs with his grandchildren. He cherished the time spent with his friends and families, especially his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his children, Susan (Les) Engelmann of Plato, David (Gail) Brinkman of Hamburg and Daniel (Lori) Brinkman of NYA; grandchildren, Dean (Jill) Engelmann of Victoria and their children, Brianna, Tyler and Trevor, Eric (Kristi) Engelmann of Plato and their children, Ethan, Morgan and Makayla, Ryan Engelmann of Plato, Ryan (Heidi) Brinkman of Waconia and their child, Sawyer, Neil (Holly) Engelmann of Plato, Nolan Brinkman of Mankato, Kathy Brinkman of Truman, Mo., Lillian Brinkman of NYA, Amanda Brinkman of NYA and Cole Brinkman of NYA; brothers, Howard (Donna) Brinkman of Odessa, Texas, and Orville (Phyllis) Brinkman of Glencoe; sister, Ruth Panning of NYA; brother-in-law, Loren (Diane) Lange of Glencoe; sister-in-law, Rosella Brinkman of Glencoe; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Selma Brinkman; wife, Marian Brinkman; brother, Gerald Brinkman; brother-in-law, Erwin Panning; sister-in-law, Geraldine (Orville) Gruenhagen; and nephew, Brent Brinkman.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.