Marlin Murriel Gruhlke was born on July 18, 1928 in Petersburg Township, Jackson County, Minn., the son of Roy and Mabel (Wendelsdorf) Gruhlke. In his youth, he attended schools in Jackson County. He entered into the U.S. Army in August 1951 and served overseas in Korea for 18 months. While there, he received the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, the U.S. Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation. He was united in marriage to Lola Rita Stinar on Dec. 29, 1951, at St. Wenceslaus Parish House. After his discharge, they made their home in Des Moines Township, Jackson County. He worked for DeKalb Ag Seed for 30 years as an area foreman in the Round Lake and Okabena areas. When DeKalb closed, Marlin retired in 1983. Marlin became a resident of the Jackson Good Samaritan Center on Nov. 15, 2010, where he passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 at the age of 82 years, 4 months.
Marlin was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson, Minn. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, bird watching and spending summers at the cottage on Big Spirit Lake and wintering in Texas after retirement. Marlin was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts in Jackson.
Marlin is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lola Gruhlke of Jackson, a son, Douglas (Kathy) Gruhlke of Spirit Lake, a daughter, Nancy (Dave) Randall and two granddaughters, Alexandra and Megan Randall all of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; a brother, Jerome Gruhlke of Jackson and many nieces and nephews.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Gruhlke.
Blessed be the memory of Marlin Murriel Gruhlke.