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Obituaries from the week of Oct. 6, 2010

Melvin Koch, 87


Melvin Koch, age 87 of Garvin passed away Friday, October 1, 2010 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday October 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy.  Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday.  Interment is in Hoiland Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  The Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Melvin Koch was born November 15, 1922 near Wanda, Minnesota to John and Metha (Tesch) Koch.  He was baptized on December 10, 1922 and confirmed June 27, 1937, both at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wanda by Rev. Langholz.  Melvin attended Wanda Public School.  On January 22, 1945, Melvin enlisted in the US Navy and served with the Seabees.  He received his honorable discharge on June 11, 1946.  Melvin was united in marriage to Delpha Nelson on January 23, 1947 at Zion Lutheran Church in Tracy, Minnesota.  The couple was blessed with 63 wonderful years of marriage.  Melvin loved farming and raising Charolais cattle.  The day before his passing, he had the chance to ride in the combine and he said he “got to see the best bean crop of his life.”  Melvin loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors, and played “500” in the neighborhood card club for many years.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delpha of Garvin; sons: Allan (Janette) Koch and Bruce (Phyllis) Koch all of Garvin; grandsons: Kyle Koch of Warroad, MN, Mark (Lisa) Koch and their daughter Mariah of Plymouth, MN, Jim (Megan) Koch and their children Grace, Patience, Lily, and Hudson of Sioux Falls, SD, and Brian Koch of Garvin; brother Leonard Koch of Lamberton; sister Helen Nachtman of Lamberton; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Erna Meinert and Alma Cook, and brothers Elmer Koch and Edwin “Duke” Koch.


Eldon Peter Platcek, 71

Eldon P. Platcek, 71, of Two Harbors, died Friday, October 1, 2010 at Sunrise Nursing Home.

He was born on March 9, 1939 to Arnie and Amelia (Lenertz) Platcek in Trimont, MN.  He was an avid artifact surface hunter and bottle collector.  Eldon had a passion for living history, and especially a deep interest in the history of the Western United States.

Elton was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by his wife, Marlene.

Visitation was at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, October 5 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy, MN.  To sign the online guestbook please visit