Howard Lemke, age 85, of Plato, Minnesota, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 11, 2020, 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato, Minnesota. Please enter the church from the northern most door.
Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 3:00-7:00 P.M. at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe, Minnesota.
Appropriate social distancing guidelines will be followed. Masks are recommended.
Online Guest Book is available at www.mcbridechapel.com
Howard Glenn Lemke was born on December 26, 1934, in Round Grove Township, Brownton, Minnesota. He was the son of Arnold and Esther (Polzin) Lemke. Howard was baptized as an infant on January 18, 1935, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 24, 1949, by Rev. Gerhard Schmidt at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minnesota. He received his education in Brownton, Minnesota, thru the 8th Grade.
On June 1, 1957, Howard was united in marriage to Phyllis Schmitz by Rev. P. H. Franzmeier at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Benton Township, Norwood, Minnesota. Howard and Phyllis made their home in Plato, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with five children, Gregg, Daniel, Patricia, Rob and Ryan. Howard and Phyllis shared over 63 years of marriage.
Howard worked at Bongards Creamery in Bongards, Minnesota, in the maintenance department. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Plato. Howard was also a member of the Plato Fire Department for 23 years.
Howard enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting trap, NASCAR and baseball, especially the Plato Blue Jays. He loved visiting with his family, neighbors and friends. He treasured the time spent with them.
Howard passed away Friday, June 5, 2020, at GlenFields Living with Care in Glencoe, Minnesota, at the age of 85 years, 5 months and 10 days.
Blessed be his memory.
Howard is survived by his:
Wife, Phyllis Lemke;
Children, Gregg Lemke and his wife, Lori,
Patricia Schilling and her husband, Randy,
Rob Lemke and his wife, Denise,
Ryan Lemke and his wife, Mindy;
Grandchildren, Shawn Lemke, Josh Lemke and his fiancé, Emily Trudeau, Crystal Marvan and her husband, John, Trisha Fenske and her husband, Tylor, Traci Schwarzrock and her husband, Cale, Samantha Schilling and her fiancé, Mitchell Thompson, Olivia Lemke, Spencer Lemke, Hannah Lemke and her special friend, Seth Schuette, Maddy Lemke;
Great Grandchildren, Cameron, Clayton, Jozelyn, Aspen, Oakston, Remy, Riva;
Brothers-In-Law, Dennis Schmitz and his wife, MaryJane,
Steven Schmitz and his wife, Bonnie;
Sisters-In-Law, Marge Lemke,
Nieces, Nephews, Other relatives, and many friends.
Howard was preceded in death by his Parents, Arnold and Esther Lemke and Lillian (Zuehl) Lemke; Parents-In-Law, Oscar and Agnes Schmitz; Son, Daniel Lemke; Sister, Eldora Pulkrabek and her husband, Jack; Brother Arlo Lemke; Brother-In-Law, DuWayne Schmitz.