2013-12-26 / Obituaries

Melvin August Mitschke

March 2, 1937 - December 18, 2013

Melvin August Mitschke was born on March 2, 1937 in Winchester, Texas to Martin O. & Magdalena M. (Reinhardt) Mitschke. He was baptized at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church on March 14, 1937 by Rev. Louis Trinklein and confirmed on February 28, 1953 by Rev. Walter Streicher, also at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. His confirmation verse was Revelations 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”. Melvin was a lifelong farmer and rancher and member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, where he had been an usher and served on the finance committee for many years. He loved to go fishing and walking the land with his dogs, April & Bear.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Viola Rathke & her husband, Wilfred; his brothers, Wilbert Mitschke & his wife, Evelyn, and Edgar Mitschke, and a nephew, Charles Amidon.

He is survived by his two brothers, Fred Mitschke & his wife, Elinora of Austin and Clarence Mitschke & his wife, Dianna of Austin; his sister-in-law, Helen Mitschke of Robstown; nieces and nephews, Ron & Susie Rathke of Austin, Judith & Steve Bryson of Austin, Gary Mitschke & his children, Justin & Montana of La Grange, Wanda Mitschke of La Grange, Craig & Gina Mitschke & their children, Jordan & Logan of Cedar Park, Pam & Kyle Luckenbach & their children, Kaleb & Kelsi of Corpus Christi, Jason Mitschke of Austin, Karen & Tracy Robbins & their children, Dylan & Kaitlyn of Winchester, and Samantha Amidon & her son, Kaleb of Bartlett.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 21, 2013 at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester, Texas with Rev. Nate Hill officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Ron Rathke, Jason Mitschke, Tracy Robbins, Craig Mitschke, Gary Mitschke and Steve Bryson. Honorary pallbearer was his “Little Man”, Dylan Robbins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Winchester or to the charity of one’s choice.

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