Melvin F. Rickhoff

Obit-Rickhoff-formattedMelvin F. Rickhoff, 95-year-old resident of Hillman, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Elim Home, in Milaca. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hillman, with Pastor Jean Megorden officiating. Burial was at Lone Pine Cemetery in Morrill.
Melvin Frederick Rickhoff was born July 19, 1918, on the family farm near Rice, to the late Bill and Sybil (Wischnewski) Rickhoff. He was united in marriage to Ethel Larson, Nov. 29, 1941. The couple farmed southeast of Pierz, until Melvin lost his arm in 1944. After the accident, they moved to Fridley. Melvin was a parts runner and tow truck operator for Swanberg and Schefee Garage. Following his retirement from Swanberg and Schefee in 1977, the couple moved to the Hillman area. Melvin loved his Allis-Chalmers tractor and used it to plow many gardens in the metro area. He enjoyed making toy tractors using PVC pipe, and playing the drums in a polka band.
Melvin is survived by daughters, Evone Zych of Milaca; and Karen (Arnold) Kurtz of Milaca; sons, Bill (Penny) Rickhoff of Ft. Mill, S.C.; and Gene Rickhoff of Hillman; sister, Cathy (Bill) Holroyd of Foley; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife, Ethel; sons, John and Glen Rickhoff; son-in-law, Dennis Zych; grandson, Jay Kurtz; and brother, Damon Rickhoff.
Casketbearers were Dennis Hoskins, Craig Kurtz, Tim Zych, Todd Zych, Mitchell Zych, and Ryan Zych.

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