Melvin Fenske, 96
Melvin Fenske, 96, of Wahpeton, North Dakota, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at St. Catherine’s Living Center in Wahpeton, under the care of CHI Health at Home Hospice.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 followed by his funeral service at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton. Rev. Lyle Kath will officiate the service. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Great Bend, North Dakota.
Melvin was born on Aug. 15, 1923 in Brandenburg Township, rural Hankinson, North Dakota, son of Erich and Verna (Rhoda) Fenske. He was baptized in Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, North Dakota, and confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, North Dakota.
Melvin served as a Sea Bee in the Navy from 1944 to 1948 where he made many lifelong friends. On June 9, 1948, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Krueger in Great Bend, North Dakota. They farmed south of Great Bend before retiring to Wahpeton in 1981. Melvin was a devout Missouri Synod Lutheran and held many offices in the church and Lutheran Layman’s League. He was a Gideon and spoke in most of the local churches to support the ministries. Both Melvin and Lorraine went to Latvia, Russia to do volunteer work with the Lutheran Hour Ministries. It was also during that time they helped form the North Dakota chapter of the Orphan Grain Train.
Melvin is survived by his daughters LoAnn Loepp and Lois Fenske, Wahpeton, North Dakota; grandchildren, Matt (Jenni) Randall, Rugby, North Dakota, Mike Loepp, Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Amanda (Dylan) Heger, West Fargo, North Dakota; great-grandchildren, Haylee, Andee and Maddee Randall, Rugby, North Dakota; brothers, Orville Fenske, Wahpeton, North Dakota, Marvin Fenske, Fargo, North Dakota, and Lawrence (Rita) Fenske, Williamsville, New York; sister, Irene Olson, Fargo, North Dakota, sister-in-law Laurel Fenske, Hankinson, North Dakota; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorraine; son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Sharon Fenske; son-in-law, John Loepp; and his brother, Harold Fenske.
A special thank you to the staff of Siena Court, St. Catherine’s Living Center and CHI Hospice for the loving and compassionate care they gave Melvin.
Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home.