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Michael P. Tesch, 67, of Glencoe

Michael P. “Teschy” Tesch, 67, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at his residence.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m., at Lighthouse Assembly of God, 10478 Bell Ave., Plato, with the Rev. Dale Baker officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 14, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Friday, all at the church.
Casket bearers will be Larry Tester, Ron Lindner, Chuck Reider, Jim Amundson, Tom Schmidt and Tom Ginkel. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
Michael Tesch was born Oct. 13, 1949, in Watertown, the son of Roland and Monica (Hron) Tesch. On Aug. 15, 1973, he was united in marriage to Lendra L. Brelje at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.
His daughter, Alana (Tesch) Kenyon writes:
“My father was referred to in many ways — Michael, Dad, Papa, Grandpa, Mike — but has been known the longest as Teschy. My father’s life was consumed by his love of his music. The sound of the Beatles kick-started what would be the beginning of his career as a drummer, which would span 52 years. I generally referred to him as ‘the best rock’n’roll drummer ever,’ and he never disagreed! His music career began in high school with a band called UFO (I never did ask him, ‘why UFO?’). They played at high school functions … and in garages.
“He met my mother when she was, in the eyes of my grandparents, too young. Shortly after their meeting, my father joined the U.S. Navy. He returned, accidentally bumped into my mother again, then fell in love and married her.
“Upon his return from the Navy, he joined a band called Elvis and the Traveling Grease Band, which was a phenomenal Elvis tribute band. This band ended when I was a baby, so I never heard them play live … but I’ve heard them on tape (100,000 times because my dad enjoys hearing his drumming!). The band that followed was Showdown … I was old enough to enjoy this band! They brought the best country music to the dance floor. The answer is yes: I had a pair of cowgirl boots and I loved dancing in them with my mom and others! After Showdown was Clover, which was a fantastic mix of rock’n’roll. The most recent was the Prairie Rose Band. This band is so special to me because I was able to appreciate as an adult with my son Jack. To take my son to hear my dad play was such an amazing feeling. It was bringing my son back to the days of Showdown, once again watching my daddy play the drums! Elvis and the Traveling Band and Showdown both brought the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ from the Minnesota Ballroom Operators Association. We are so proud of all that Dad accomplished in his passion for music.
“My dad enjoyed metal detecting for many years and found more rings than Momma could fit on her fingers. If we didn’t know exactly where he was, we’d scope out the local parks and ball fields; this is where he found most of his ‘treasures.’ He would start in the spring when the ground was soft enough to dig in and ended when the ground was too hard to dig.
“His laughter was infectious — his jokes were dry — the love of his family and friends was tremendous. He is adored by many and will be greatly missed. I love you, Dad. No one will ever replace you. We will celebrate your life every day!”
He is survived by his loving family: wife, Lendra; son, Brenden Tesch of Plymouth; daughter, Alana (Tesch) Kenyon; grandchildren, Peter Bode, Olivia Tesch, Karlie Tesch, Abigail Tesch, Jacob Tesch and Jack Kenyon; brothers and sisters, Diane Lhotka of Eagan, Sharon Traxler of Watertown, Monica (Lance) Sorenson of Hector, Margaret Amundson (special friend Kevin Graham) of Watertown, Miles (Margaret) Tesch of Waconia, Melissa Diemert (special friend Brian Kroells) of Norwood Young America, Jolene Drews of Watertown, Andrea Tesch (special friend Steven Ortloff) of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Gina (Dave) Gutterud of Stillwater and Philip Tesch of Watertown; sister-in-law, Rita Tesch of Clarissa; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sharol (David) Ernst of Glencoe, Del (Mariam) Brelje of Norwood Young America, Darron Brelje and Sheri Sweep of St. Paul, Brian (Kelly) Brelje of Lutz, Florida, and Bart Brelje of Matamoras, Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Monica Tesch; sister, Marlene Tesch; brother, Lyle Tesch; nephew, Jamie Tesch; brother-in-law, Jim Traxler; mother-in-law, Marcille Brelje; and father-in-law, Reuben Brelje.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia;www.johnsonfh.com.