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Chuck Roepke

Chuck “Chaz” Roepke, husband of Marlene, age 86, of Winthrop passed away Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home in Winthrop. Celebration of life was held on Thursday, January 5, 2023, 12 Noon at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop. Military Honors by the Winthrop Honor Guard. Clergy officiating was Pastor Bob Miner. Organist was Diane Lang. Soloist was Jennifer Roepke, “I’ll Fly Away.” Special music byChuck Thiel on Concertina, “Du, Du Liegst Im Herzen”, “Old Rugged Cross”, and “Paloma Blancha.” Congregational hymns sung were “In The Garden”, and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Urn bearers were Grandchildren, Madison Roepke, Isaac Nesburg, Jake Nesburg, Cale Hendrycks, and Evelyn Hendrycks. Chuck is survived by his: Loving wife, Marlene Roepke of Winthrop, MN; son, Scott (Jennifer) Roepke of Hutchinson, MN; daughters Dawn (Pete) Nesburg of Savage, MN, Amy (Phil) Roepke-Hendrycks of Mound, MN; grandchildren, Maddie Roepke, Isaac Nesburg, Jacob Nesburg, Cale Hendrycks and Evie Hendrycks; sister, Val Uecker;sister-in-law, Norine Roepke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Clara Roepke; brothers, Lloyd Roepke, Walter Roepke and Lyle Roepke: sister-in-law, Rita Roepke. Charles “Chuck” Gilbert Roepke was born on April 19, 1936, to Ervin and Clara (Kuehn) Roepke in Round Grove Township, Stewart, Minnesota. He was baptized and was confirmed at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. He received his education at District 37 Country School and Stewart and Brownton High School. Chuck married Marlene Feige on June 10, 1962. They had three children, Scott, Dawn and Amy. They lived in Fernando and in 1962, they moved to Winthrop where they resided until the present time. They were members of Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop where he served on the Church Council. He was a member of the Winthrop Lions Club and the American Legion. Chuck worked at the Round Grove Creamery, 30 years at the Midland (Cenex) LP plant in Winthrop and the Nicollet Co-op Oil in Nicollet. Chuck served his country in the National Guard Engineer Battalion for six years. He was called to active duty from 1961-1962 during the Berlin Crisis. Chuck loved hunting deer and bear at their cabin near Pine River and also ducks and geese in the home area. He loved fishing in the summer and spearing pike in the winter. Chuck and Marlene enjoyed traveling to Alaska, the European countries and most of the states and a Caribbean Cruise. His favorite entertainment was old time music. He was a self-taught concertina player starting at age 8. He was the Concertina player for the Fernando Dutchmen Band for 20 years and played at many Concertina Jamborees in the area. Chuck enjoyed his children and grandchildren very much, especially when at the cabin up north. Chuck passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, December 30, 2022, at his home in Winthrop at the age of 86 years. Blessed be his memory. “Obituary was written by Chaz Roepke” Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at<>

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