Marlow Edwin Ihrke, 88, of rural Dover passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015, at
Golden Living Center-Whitewater in St. Charles.
Marlow was born in Dover on March 5, 1927 to Edwin and Mabel (Salter) Ihrke. He
was a lifelong resident of Olmsted County. He attended Eyota Elementary and
graduated from Eyota High School. Marlow worked very hard as a farmer his entire
life. He married Christine M. Williams on December 28, 1962 at St. Paul’s United
Church of Christ, where he was a lifetime member. They lived on their farm in Dover
until moving into Arbor Gardens in Eyota on October 1, 2010.
In addition to farming, Marlow also worked for several years at Crenlo in Rochester
and then Camera Art in Lewiston. He was a WWII veteran in Korea, a member of the
Eyota American Legion and a past member of the Eyota Sportsman Club. He loved
sports, watching and playing them. He won many bowling trophies and some
horseshoe trophies. He played his accordian in the Rochester Area Accordian Band
and took organ lessons at Schmidt Music in Rochester. Marlow loved to visit with
people and couldn’t go anywhere that he didn’t know someone. He and Christine
volunteered at the Resource Center in St. Charles and served refreshments in the
waiting rooms at Mayo Clinic. He was a wonderful husband and father.
Marlow is survived by his wife, Christine of Eyota; their daughter, Renee Slater of
Indianapolis, IN; five siblings, Marian Bicknese of Eyota, David (Danna) Ihrke of
Rochester, Jan Moehnke of Owatonna, LuAn (Larry) Daniels of Eyota, Jim (Sara)
Ihrke of Pine Island and Carol Johnson of Minneapolis; sister-in-laws, Dorothy and
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Ann, parents, brothers, Dean and
Glenn Ihrke, son-in-law, Greg Slater; brother-in-laws, Al Moehnke, Jim Johnson and
The funeral service will be held on Monday, October 12, 10:30 am at St. Paul’s
United Church of Christ with Rev. Jean Boese officiating. Burial will be at the church
cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Eyota American Legion.
Visitation is Sunday, 3-5 pm at the Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota and 1
hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 115 South Ave, Eyota, MN, 55934, 507-545-2020