Marlin M. Gruhlke, 82, of Jackson, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Osterberg Funeral Home, Jackson; and also from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Good Shepherd, Jackson. The service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Good Shepherd with the Rev. Larry Brixius officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
MARLIN MURRIEL GRUHLKE was born on July 18, 1928 in Petersburg Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the son of Roy and Mabel (Wendelsdorf) Gruhlke. In his youth, he attended schools in Jackson County. He entered into the US Army in August of 1951 and served overseas in Korea for 18 months. While there he received the Korean Service Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, the US Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation. He was united in marriage to Lola Rita Stinar on December 29, 1951 at St. Wenceslaus Parish House. After his discharge, they made their home in Des Moines Township, Jackson County. He worked for DeKalb Ag Seed for 30 years as an area foreman in the Round Lake and Okabena areas. When DeKalb closed Marlin retired in 1983. Marlin became a resident of the Jackson Good Samaritan Center on November 15, 2010, where he passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the age of 82 years, 4 months.
Marlin was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, bird watching and spending summers at the cottage on Big Spirit Lake and after retiring wintering in Texas. Marlin was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts in Jackson.
Marlin is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lola Gruhlke of Jackson, a son, Douglas (Kathy) Gruhlke of Spirit Lake, Iowa, a daughter, Nancy (Dave) Randall and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Megan Randall all of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; a brother, Jerome Gruhlke of Jackson and many nieces and nephews.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Gruhlke.
Blessed be the memory of Marlin Murriel Gruhlke.