Pete Menke

Pete Menke, age 82, of Jordan, MN, entered eternal peace on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee, MN. The family was present at his bedside.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 3-7 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 104 West First Street, Jordan and on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 10-10:45 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, at 11 am, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 313 Second Street East, Jordan. Father Neil Bakker will preside. Pete’s grandchildren will be the pall bearers. He will be laid to rest at St. John Calvary Cemetery, Jordan.

On the family farm in Sand Creek Township of rural Jordan, Peter Henry was born to Andrew Urban and Alvira Josephine (Breeggemann) Menke. He was the older brother to Marlin, Mary Lou, Jeanette, Ronald, John, Kathleen, Robert and Diane. Living on the farm, meant long hours and hard work. However, if you ask his siblings, Pete was never around when the work needed to be done!!!. All kidding aside, he attended St. John Catholic School through the Eighth Grade. Pete furthered his education for two years at Jordan High School, before returning home to assist on the dairy farm.

At the age of 19, Pete went to work for REA (now called Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative.) He spent the next 42 years, dedicating his career as a lineman. Pete put in long hours and was always there to help customers, especially after storms and on trouble calls. Even after a long day at work, he remained true to his roots and still helped out on the farm. Upon retiring, Pete remained active cutting lawn at Ridges on Sand Creek Golf Course and driving vehicles for Wolf Motors, both in Jordan.

Pete met the love of his life, Judy Helen Zelenka, at an area dance hall. On June 3, 1961, at St. Wencelsaus Catholic Church, in New Prague, MN, they wedded. Pete and Judy spent their honeymoon fishing, one of his favorite past times. From this union, they were blessed with five children, Jeff, Sharon, Steve, Kevin and Larry. With Pete always working, he enjoyed coming home and staying there. Occasionally, the Menke family was fortunate to enjoy packing into the station wagon, for a one-day trip. In the later years, he became a grandpa. Pete adored his grandchildren and had a special relationship with each of them. As a couple, Pete and Judy enjoyed traveling to Branson, MO and Las Vegas, with friends.

Pete lived a simple life. He enjoyed playing cards, watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and socializing with everyone at Clancy’s Bar and Pizza Parlor, in Jordan. Over the years, Pete liked ice fishing on Mille Lacs Lake and summer fishing on the area lakes. He enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his longtime friend, Cliff Kersting and Larry Peters. Pete was an active member of St John’s Catholic Church and the Jordan Knights of Columbus. And to this day, he still had a close relationship with his siblings.

Pete Henry Menke had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. He was very approachable and could carry on a conversation with a total stranger. Family was always important to Pete. The last several years, he devoted his time in caring for his bride, Judy.

Forever loved, Pete will be greatly missed by wife of 58 ½ years, Judy; children, Jeff (Dina) Menke, Sharon (Terry) Kraling, Steve (Nancy) Menke, Kevin (Jane) Menke; grandchildren, Derek Menke, Lindsay (Jeff) Sweazey, Mackensie Menke, Ali Berens, Abby Berens, Miranda (Johnny) Darling, Olivia Menke, Jack Menke, Audrey Menke, Brian Menke, Grace Menke; great granddaughter, Lola Sweazey; siblings, Marlin (Jean) Menke, Mary Lou Geis, Ronald (Pat) Menke, John (Colleen) Menke, Kate (Al) Busch, Bob (Lori) Menke, Diane (Scott) Ferry; brother-in-law, Duane Krautkremer; other relatives and friends

There greeting Pete home is his son, Larry Menke (1994); parents, Andrew and Alvira Menke: sister, Jeanette Krautkremer; sister-in-law, Betty Menke and brother-in-law, Marvin Geis.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Menke family.

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  1. Al and Mary Schroeder

    Dear Judy and all the Menke family, we are so very sorry to hear of Pete’ death. He was a good man and great worker and a wonderful gift to the community. Please no we will keep all of you in our prayers.

  2. Dear Judy and family: I am so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. He was a great man who was always willing to help all the neighborhood out. You and your family have my condolences.

  3. Kyle and Kathy Thill

    Kathy and I offer our condolences to you, we will always remember Pete fondly. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. My condolences to the family. Pete and I spent 8 years at St. Johns learning discipline from the School Sisters of Notre Dame. He was a faster learner. Always a pleasure to visit with. RIP old friend.

  5. So sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers!!

  6. Judy and family, I extend my deepest sympathy to you all as I just heard of Pete’s passing. I am in AZ. and unable to attend the services but know Pete will always be remembered as a very special cousin and he and Lee will again be together to shoot the breeze and their humor. He will still be watching over you Judy in spirit. RIP

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