Obituary: Dennis Mielke

Dennis W. Mielke, 72, of Cologne passed away on Friday, June 21, at his home.
Dennis was born on June 23, 1940, in Watertown the son of Willmar A. and Sarah E. (Templin) Mielke. On April 30, 1960, Dennis was united in marriage to Mary Salden at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. Mary passed away on Feb. 22, 1991. On March 22, 1993, Dennis was united in marriage to Doris Cebulla in Glencoe.
Dennis is known and loved for his individualism, his sense of humor and his loyalty to family and friends. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and developed his passion for the air and the sea. He returned to Carver County to manage his family farm putting innovations into place that later became accepted practices.
Without hesitation, he switched careers midlife and became a successful realtor. He had an adventurous spirit and loved piloting his plane and captaining his beloved boats. He was very proud to become a “Winter Texan.” enjoying his winters in South Padre, Texas. It was more than just the warm temperatures and the cool waters of the Gulf that he appreciated. He saw himself in the bold, individualist, frontier mentality that to him personified the spirit of Texas.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Mielke; parents, Willmar and Sarah Mielke; and brother, Alan Mielke.
Dennis is survived by his loving family, wife, Doris; children, Cheryl (Colin) Robertson of Lagrang, Ill., Tim (Debra) Mielke of Wheaton, Ill., Barry (Susan) Mielke of Lester Prairie, Robin (Kirk) Ney of Omaha, Neb.; Julie Cebulla and friend, Eddie Leggenhager of Texas, John and Jimi Cebulla of Texas; grandchildren, Ian Robertson, Sean Robertson, Matthew Mielke, Nicholas Mielke, Anthony Mielke, Erin Mielke, Alex Mielke, Ellen Mielke, Anna Mielke, Evelyn Mielke, Laura Ney, Kayla Ney, Juliana Cebulla, Victoria Cebulla and Christina Cebulla; great-granddaughter, Sentina Mielke; brother and sisters-in-law, Dean and Joan Mielke of Midlothian, Va., Jackie Mielke of Plymouth; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Roseann and Larry Schabel of Iowa, Kathy and Mike Bergmann of Walker, Michele and Clarence Hudinski of Chaska and William and Dawn Salden of Cologne; mother-in-law, Lorraine Kelzer of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol Kelzer of Iowa, Joe and Debbie Kelzer of Mayer, Paul and Kathy Kelzer of St. Louis Park, Jerry and Lora Kelzer of Waconia, John and Marcie Kelzer of Randall, Donna Herman of Chaska, Ron and Julie Kelzer of Mayer; and nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne with Father Gregory Abbott as celebrant of the Mass. Visitation was Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Duane Wolff, Fred Beier, Augie Kreye, Larry Scherber, Duane Lind, Virgil Hedtke and Dale Farber.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia,