Melvin Eickhoff, 94, of Wykoff

Melvin Eickhoff, 94, of Wykoff, died on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at 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 ninth grade. Melvin enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 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, Minn., Diane (Dean) Ramaker of Racine, Betty (Robert) Niemeyer of Wykoff and son-in-law, John Furlong of Texas; a brother, Maynard Eickhoff of Milwaukee, Wis.; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one 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 were held on Monday, Jan. 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff with the Rev. Michael Harman officiating. Burial is in the church cemetery.

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