Melvin Arthur Sprengeler, age 84, of Plato, passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at his home in Plato. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, with interment following at the church cemetery. Clergy officiating: Pastor Donald Andrix and Pastor Erwin Sprengeler; organist: Kathy Oelfke; special music: Emanuel Lutheran Men’s Choir, “Muede Bin Ich, Geh Zur Ruh” and “Abide With Me”; congregational hymn: “A Mighty Fortress”; military honors: Plato American Legion Post #641 & Glencoe VFW Post #5102; casket bearers: Melvin’s grandchildren — Ashley Sprengeler, Kristin Sprengeler, Kyle Sprengeler, Deanna Metzger, Dustin Sprengeler, Marin Sprengeler, Savanna Sprengeler, Jesse Marshall and Jamie Marshall.
Melvin Arthur Sprengeler was born on July 4, 1928, in Green Isle, the son of Arthur and Dorothea (Renken) Sprengeler. Melvin was baptized as an infant on July 15, 1928, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1942, both by Rev. H. J. Bouman at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. He received his education at Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg and Glencoe High School in Glencoe, graduating with the class of 1946. Melvin entered active military service in the United States Army on April 24, 1953, and served his country during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge on April 9, 1955. On June 25, 1955, Melvin was united in marriage to Elaine Bergmann by Rev. L. T. Wohlfeil at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg. The couple made their home on the Sprengeler family farm in Plato. Their marriage was blessed with six children: David, Dan, Deanna, Dean, Mel Jr., and Dale. Melvin and Elaine shared over 57 years of marriage.
Melvin was a dairy farmer and showed Brown Swiss cattle. He was a lifelong faithful member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, where he served as president and vice president of the church council and sang in the Men’s Choir for 65 years. Melvin was devoted to Mayer Lutheran School, where his children attended, and enjoyed serving on the school board. He was also a member of the Harmonaries, President of the Minnesota State Brown Swiss Association, was a state board member for the American Dairy Association, an active board member of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association, where he had the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Melvin also judged 4-H and open class cattle shows at area county fairs. He was very active on area zoning boards. Melvin was a member of the Glencoe VFW Post #5102 and the Plato American Legion Post #641. Melvin had his pilot’s license and loved to fly. He also enjoyed bowling, playing Sheephead, socializing, attending sporting and 4-H events and visiting residents at nursing homes. Melvin especially cherished the time spent with his family and friends. Melvin passed away at the age of 84 years, 3 months and 18 days. Blessed be his memory.
Melvin is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dorothea Sprengeler; children, Deanna Sprengeler, Dean Sprengeler, Dale Sprengeler; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Melvin is survived by his: wife, Elaine Sprengeler of Plato; children, David Sprengeler and his wife, Becky, of Plato, Dan Sprengeler and his wife, Joy, of Plato, Melvin Sprengeler Jr. and his wife, Betty, of Plato; grandchildren, Ashley Sprengeler and her fiancé, Scott Schugel, of Madison, Wis., Kristin Sprengeler and her special friend, Rayme Mackinson, of Madison, Wis., Kyle Sprengeler of Plato, Deanna Metzger and her husband, Noah, of Jordan, Dustin Sprengeler of Plato, Jesse Marshall of Plato, Jamie Marshall of Plato, Marin Sprengeler of Plato, Savanna Sprengeler of Plato; great-grandchildren, Bryson Metzger and Jackson Metzger; siblings, Sylvia Foster and her husband, Bob, of Maple Grove, Myrtle Tuebert and her special friend, Bob Pac, of Saginaw, Mich., Erwin “Mick” Sprengeler and his wife, Glorian, of Port Orchard, Wash., Mavis Schuette of Waconia, Marvin Sprengeler of Hutchinson; brother-in-law, Herb Bergmann of St. Paul; sisters-in-law, Eileen Nelson of St. Paul, JudyLee Beyer of Montana; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Norwood Young America. Online obituaries and guest book available at (www.hantge.com).