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Melvin H. Ahlbrecht, 85, of Glencoe

Melvin Herman Ahlbrecht, 85, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 10, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Paul Otte was the organist. Congregational hymns were “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
Casket bearers were Nicole Becker, Christopher Becker, Angela Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Mason Ahlbrecht, Madison Ahlbrecht and Doug Portele.
Interment was in the First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Glencoe.
Melvin Herman Ahlbrecht was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Glencoe, the son of Herman and Augusta (Vogt) Ahlbrecht. He was baptized as an infant on Dec. 27, 1930, by the Rev. E. Kolbe, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 20, 1945, by the Rev. E. Streufert, both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education in Glencoe, graduating with the Stevens Seminary class of 1949. He entered active military service in the U.S. Army on Dec. 17, 1953, and served his country during the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge on Dec. 16, 1955.
On Aug. 10, 1957, he was united in marriage to Leona Redmann by the Rev. H. Schwarze at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. The couple made their home in Glencoe until 1967, when they moved to the farm. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Mark and Wayne. They shared over 59 years of marriage.
Mr. Ahlbrecht worked at Pinske Construction in Gaylord, and then started farming. He was a lifelong member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, where he served on many boards. He also was a board member for AAL, now called Thrivent.
He took great pride in his farm. He treasured family above all, and loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson. He enjoyed helping his family on their remodeling projects and also loved to fish and travel with them and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Leona Ahlbrecht of Plato; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Lisa Ahlbrecht of Lester Prairie and Wayne and Pam Ahlbrecht of Glencoe; grandchildren, Angela (Kevin) Johnson of Stoughton, Wisconsin, Nicole (Christopher) Becker of Oregon, Wisconsin, Mason Ahlbrecht of Lester Prairie and Madison Ahlbrecht of Lester Prairie; great-grandson, Zander Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Marlys and Elmer Raduenz of Plato; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Luella and Melvin Sondergaard of Stewart, LaVonne and Lyle Kuntz of Watertown, Lizbeth Altman of San Diego, California, Linda and Larry Klitzke of Brownton, Darrel and Jane Redmann of Stewart, Myron and Kathy Redmann of Brownton and Peter Redmann Jr.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Augusta Ahlbrecht; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter and Ella Redmann; and brother-in-law, Eddie Altman.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.