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Funeral Service: St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Webster
  Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Visitation: Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Friday, September 21, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Walbert G. Meinke, age 91, of Webster, died on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center, Northfield.

Funeral services will be at St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Webster, on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Brent Klein officiating. Interment will be at St. Johnís Lutheran Cemetery, Webster with military rites provided by American Legion, Post 586, Lonsdale.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday for one hour prior to the service.

Walbert George, the son of William H. and Paulina (Sprain) Meinke, was born on March 24, 1921 in Webster Township, Rice County, MN. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the Anti-Aircraft Coastal Artillery in 1942-1943 as a Tech Sergeant. Walbert married Nordis J. Docken on November 17, 1944 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Lakeville. She preceded him in death on October 21, 2007. Walbert worked at the Webster Creamery from 1943-1951. He and Nordis moved to his familyís farm in March 1951, which has been in the family since 1856. He was the fourth generation to farm the land. He was proud of the calf barn he designed which was featured in "The Farmer" magazine and was visited by farmers from the Midwest, Germany, Switzerland and Norway. Walbert served 18 years as Chairman of the Board for Webster Co-op Agri-Services; 37 years as a Patz Equipment dealer; and he served as Chairman and Secretary of St. Johnís Lutheran Church, Webster, where he was a lifelong member. He was very proud of his grandchildren, Matt and Katie. He loved to play cards with family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing, watching wrestling and Twins baseball. Walbert made many pom-pom wall hangings for family members, friends, St. Johnís Church, Patz Equipment, Moews Seeds and others. He learned this craft at age six from his aunt who taught it to him to keep him safe from the Model Tís and runaway horses on the main street of Webster.

He is survived by one son, Robert (and Stephanie) Meinke of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Matthew (and Molly) Meinke of Apple Valley and Katie Meinke of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nordis; two brothers, Edgar and Waldemar Meinke; two sisters, Natalia and Olinda; two brothers in law, Jerome Docken and Richard Meinke; nieces, Shirley Bosshardt, Sandra Meinke and Kathleen Splittstoesser; and one nephew, Edgar Meinke, Jr.

Memorials are preferred to the perpetual cemetery fund at St. Johnís Lutheran Church.

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Name: Jan Kittelson
Email: jmkittelson1@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 20, 2012


I suppose my parents and yours have a card game going now that they are all together again. Your dad was one heck of a guy and I enjoyed the time spent with both of your parents. Love the picture-I always said you were an image of your dad. My deepest sympathy to your entire family. Take care and God bless-may your memories bring you comfort and peace now and in the future.

Name: Rebecca Nesse
Email: rebeccanesse@gmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 19, 2012


What a handsome picture of Walbert! It was interesting to read about his life since I had never met him. He had a life to be proud of. It is too bad that his last years were difficult but Bob was a wonderful son to him. God's Grace and Peace be with you. Love, Rebecca

Name: Jo Ann Durst
Email: jodurst@charter.net
Date: Wednesday September 19, 2012


It was always fun visiting with your mom and dad (he was still driving from home to see your mom)at the nursing when I visited my parents. I always felt it was a wonderful care center if that's where one needed to be.

Name: Barb & Carrol Westenberg
Email: Barbtuffy@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 19, 2012


Our sympathy to Bob, Steph, and the family.