Melvin Eickhoff, 94, of Wykoff, MN died on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Melvin John Henry Eickhoff was born July 16, 1925 in Fountain Township to Arthur and Henrietta (Stender) Eickhoff. He attended school in Wykoff until the 9th grade. Melvin enlisted in the US Army from 1944-1946 during World War II. He was united in marriage to Edith Sutherland on April 3, 1945 at St. John’s Parsonage. He worked as a truck driver for Cookie Schultz, Opsahl-Kavanaugh Motors from 1947-1949, Thompson Motors from 1949-1954, Leon Joyce Construction from 1954-1958, and Behnken Farms from 1958-1962. He then worked as a mechanic at Marzolf Implement from 1963-2003. Melvin cleaned St. Johns Lutheran Church from 1981-2001, where he had been a member since 1964. Growing up in Minnesota, Melvin was always rooting for the Twins.
Melvin is survived by his children David (Sandy) Eickhoff of Zumbrota, MN, Diane (Dean) Ramaker of Racine, MN, Betty ( Robert) Niemeyer of Wykoff, MN, son-in-law John Furlong of Texas, brother Maynard Eickhoff of Milwaukee, WI, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Edith, a daughter Cynthia Furlong, parents Arthur and Etta Eickhoff, and two sisters.
Funeral services for Melvin will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff with Pastor Michael Harman officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.
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