Melvin Donald Kadlec, of Mora, died on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at his home east of Mora. He was 87 years old.

He was born on June 4, 1933, in Brook Park, the son of the late Emil and Dorothy (Zellmer) Kadlec.

He walked to school two miles daily, and since there was a big hill halfway there, it truly was uphill both ways. He often talked about growing up north of Mora on their farm. The hard work of clearing the land, picking rocks and tilling the soil with draft horses made him greatly appreciate his rock-free farmland in Comfort Township, bought in 1960.

At the age of 16, he took over his father’s trucking business due to his failing health. This was the beginning of his life-long career in trucking. He raised registered Herefords and had a small hobby farm. He loved snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and tinkering on farm equipment and small engines. He always said he was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. He was a good problem solver. He enjoyed all of his work, especially working with his customers. In spite of only finishing the eighth grade, he was a very successful businessman for 65 years.

He was united in marriage to Alyce Mae Dickinson in 1956 at the Presbyterian Church in Mora. They were married 65 years.

He surrendered his life to God at the age of 41 when he realized his need for Christ. He maintained his faith to the very end, which made his passing very peaceful. He was a member at Quamba Baptist Church for many years and at Emmanuel Baptist Church in more recent years.

The joy of his life was his family; two of his favorite names were Dad and Grandpa. He was ready to ride with his kids and grandkids at a moment’s notice and was always willing to travel thousands of miles to visit family. He enjoyed numerous trips to the Philippines, Thailand, a three-week mission trip to Venezuela and a two-week cruise to Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Florence Chouinard; and brother, Ralph Kadlec.

He is survived by his wife, Alyce; children, Allen (Melody) Kadlec of Mora, Sher (Gary) Nyquist of Cottage Grove, Lori (Fredy) Balbuena of Charlotte, North Carolina and Linnae Bosma (Fred) of Corcoran; grandchildren, Todd, Tracy, Emily, Brandon, Ryan, Brianna, Josiah, Jedd, Katie, Karissa, Justin and Trent; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Leona Lescault of Coon Rapids; brothers, Ernie (LaVonne) Kadlec of Fairhaven and Harvey (Sue) Kadlec of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Thank you to the marvelous staff of St. Croix Hospice Care for incredible and much-appreciated care and service which they provided over his last month.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. Pastor Ivan Fiske officiated. Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Online condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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