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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Sunday March 6th, 2016

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Monday March 7th, 2016

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Clinton D. Mehlhaff

Rev. Ron Shifley
Organist ~ Linda Kronaizl
Special Music by Patty Anderson
Congregational Hymns
“How Great Thou Art”
“Amazing Grace”
Clinton’s Great-Grandchildren,
Step-Grandchildren, and
Laura Harrington
Hope Mehlhaff
Janae Mehlhaff
Wendy Kayl
Paul Harrington
Jared Mehlhaff
Jeffrey Mehlhaff
Luke Mehlhaff
Clinton David Mehlhaff was born on January 10, 1932 to David and Sophia (Holzwarth) Mehlhaff. He grew up on a farm near Kaylor, South Dakota. As a child, he enjoyed his trips to school as he rode on a cart pulled by his prized billy goat. As a young man, Clinton began working as a farmer. On November 23, 1952, he was united in marriage to Marie E. Fischer in Menno. Together they made their home near Kaylor where they farmed, milked dairy cows, raised pigs and chickens. For a time, he worked for Weber Grain Elevator in Lesterville. Following Clinton’s retirement from farming, in 1968 the family moved into Scotland. It was around this time that he began working for the Scotland Co-op and did for 20+ years. Clinton was a diligent, hard-worker all his life.
Throughout his life, Clinton was a dedicated family man. The family took regular vacations together, frequently touring the Black Hills or visiting relatives. Clinton also loved the outdoors, spending numerous days boating, fishing, and camping. Camping with the family was always a treat, especially the memorable trip to Canada and the Memorial Day holidays spent at Lake Herman near Madison with the Mehlhaff, Fischer, and Petzoldt families.
Clinton was always willing to help his family with his talents and knowledge. Being a son of an owner and operator of a meat locker himself, Clinton made sure to pass the skills of the trade down to his children and grandchildren. He taught them the way to cut beef and pork as well as how to make the homemade family recipe sausage. Clinton was also a handyman who enjoyed woodworking. He made bean bag games, Christmas decorations, toy boxes, Barbie doll houses, and helped with the various projects and maintenance to his children’s homes. He was an attentive, supportive father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Clinton had a sweet tooth for chocolate chip cookies and his favorite hard candies during Christmas. He also had an unending humor and loved to play his practical jokes on others.
Clinton and Marie were strong in their Christian faith and walked to church hand-in-hand every Sunday to United Church of Christ in Scotland.
In August 2013, Clinton moved to Wagner to be closer to his family. On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Clinton passed away at the Good Samaritan Society of Wagner having attained the age of 84 years, 1 month, and 21 days.
Grateful for having shared Clinton’s life are his children: Marlene (Don) Harrington, John (Jeanne) Mehlhaff, and Jack (Michelle) Mehlhaff; 8 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Ruben (Olga) Mehlhaff and Lawrence “Rudy” (Bonnie) Mehlhaff; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He will be remembered by numerous relatives, his Christian family, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie in 2013 and his parents.

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We send you our deepest sympathy at this sad time. May the wonderful memories you have of your parents bring you comfort and peace. We have very fond memories of Clinton and Marie. Seeing them walk to church hand in hand is one memory that we will never forget. God Bless you all.

Marvin and Agnes Thum Mar 9 2016 11:32 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time! Have many fond memories of Clinton! God Bless.

Sue and Tim Asche Mar 5 2016 6:48 AM

Big Papa you will be missed. I don't know who will now play marbles with me. I loved unsnapping your buttons, giving you hugs and you always picking on me. Please tell great grandma hi and give her hugs. I feel good knowing i will always have you and great grandma watching over me. love Brandan (your marble loving great grandson)

Brandan Anderson Mar 4 2016 8:55 PM

Big Papa, I love you so very much. You were the best BIG PAPA. I loved it when you and i would drive the motor buggy in Walmart. Don't tell Grammy but we ran into alot of shelves. I hope you and Great Grammy are making cookies and some great joke gifts for all the kids in Heaven for Easter. Love, Landon

Landon Kayl Mar 4 2016 8:53 PM

so many of us knew my grandfather as a quiet man, a man of few words but he didn't need to use his words to express how he felt. You could see it on it face. Clinton was a man whom loved his family more than anything in the world. He was a proud father to Marlene, Jack and John but when he became a grandfather was the moment he really started to open up and his smile could be seen for miles. Most of us Grandchildren today are reflecting on all of the great memories we got to share with him. From playing cards, to marbles, to him picking on us , to his wood working and even his joke gifts. I can remember so many christmas getting excited not only for family time and opening up gifts but overly excited to see what Grandpa had cooked up this year to get us all. I can recall one christmas wanting this "cool" stereo. Of course grandma bought one but before she could wrap it Grandpa decided he was going to empty the box and replace the stereo with trash and some old dirty sock! You can imagine my surprise when i opened that box. SO....I decided Christmas of 1998 I was going to get him back. I had made him a homemade bib with the Phrase " I love my great-grandpa" little did i know Christmas of 1999 that plan had back fired he actually would be come a great-grandfather and he would have a marble player for life with Brandan. and this is when he became "BIG PAPA" as it was just easier to say than great grandpa. Years past and soon another little great grandson had enter into the picture...Landon. Landon and "big papa" had quite the adventure in walmart. They decided they would help each other by using a motorized wheelchair (at this point i needed to check BOTH for drivers licenses) now the goal was to make it easier for grandpa to get around, however i think they decided to play bumper cars. I'm rather surprised we didn't have to purchase more items than we did as those two crashed into alot of shelves and a few people that day. We all have so many great memories with him. It's hard to say Goodbye but it's Never goodbye. I find it comforting to know that you are back in the arms of the woman you love and you both will soon be spending, what i can only imagine is the most beautiful Easter anyone could imagine together. Grandpa I love you and miss you. Please give grandma a big hug from us all and I can't wait until I see you again Love, Wendy

Wendy Kayl Mar 4 2016 8:47 PM