Archie C. Meemken

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Archie C. Meemken, 93, of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family March 29, 2024, at the CentraCare Hospital in Melrose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Arockiya Newton officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be 9:30-10:45 a.m. April 5 at the church. 

Archie Casper Meemken was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, to Henry and Mary (Frings) Meemken. After school, he started working at the Ford Plant in St. Paul for a short time before being drafted into the military. Archie served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. On May 15, 1956, he married Regina Eickhoff at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple purchased a dairy farm south of Melrose. After 36 years of farming, they retired and moved to town. 

Archie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and American Legion Post 101. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and relaxing in his rocking chair on the front porch. 

Survivors include his wife, Regina Meemken of Melrose; children Gene Meemken of Albany, Bernice (Dennis) Gruber of Lake Henry, Rich Meemken of Burtrum, and Marlene (Tom) Schreifels of Albany; son-in-law Roger Meyer of Melrose; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law Robert Hobson of Hillman.

Archie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Sharon Meyer on May 20, 2021; great-grandson, Liam Johnson; brothers Marcus, Sylvester, Cyril, Delbert, Vern, Milton and Henry, Jr.; and sister Mary Lou Buersken Hobson.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.