May 28, 2019

Melvin H. Burmeister, 89, of Hutchinson passed away Tuesday, May 28, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. Funeral service was Monday, June 3, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with interment in the church cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. John Pasche. Organist was Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon. Soloist was Renae McKimm performing “The Lord’s Prayer” and “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” Honorary casket bearers were Melvin’s grandchildren, Brandon Lanie, Jacob Hahn, Jade Hahn, Jenna Hahn, Anthony Sylvester and Kelsey Sylvester. Casket bearers were Paul Hahn, John Sylvester, Brad Platz, the Rev. Robert Burmeister, Lyle Burmeister, Bill Sandman and Gary Degn. Military honors by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad

Melvin Henry Burmeister was born Jan. 8, 1930, at his parents’ farm home, north of Hutchinson. He was the son of Emil and Alice (Seller) Burmeister. He was baptized as an infant March 25, 1930, by the Rev. Schulze and confirmed in his faith as a youth in June 1945 by the Rev. Arthur Koehler, both at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He received his education at School District 14 and was a graduate of Hutchinson High School Class of 1949. After high school, Melvin attended Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis.

Melvin entered active military service in the United States Army May 10, 1951, in Minneapolis. Eleven months were served in the Korean Conflict, during which time Melvin was commended for braving communists’ fire during the Battle of Old Baldy Mountain in Korea. Melvin was a member of the 2nd Infantry Division, which captured the important position on the rain-soaked western front. Melvin and his comrades on the communications team laid their lines simultaneously. The wire crews frequently braved enemy artillery and mortar barrage in an exposed position to repair lines destroyed by communists. He was honorably discharged Feb. 11, 1953, at Camp Carson in Colorado, having achieved the rank of private first class (T).

Melvin started his employment at Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M) after being discharged from his military service in February 1953. He was employed at 3M for 35 years as a slitter operator, until his retirement in 1988.

On Nov. 24, 1956, Melvin was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Alsleben at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson by the Rev. Buelow. This marriage was blessed with two daughters whom he adored, Tammy and Deb. Melvin and Shirley resided in Hutchinson. They shared 62 years of marriage. He was a faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Melvin enjoyed going to garage sales and looking for antiques, old tools and Avon bottles. He liked tending to his yard and flowers. Melvin especially enjoyed spending time wtith his family, grandchildren, neighbors and friends.

Blessed be his memory, his family will miss him profoundly.

Melvin is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Shirley Burmeister of Hutchinson; cherished and loved daughters, Tammy Hahn and her husband Paul of Medina and Deb Sylvester and her husband John of Fridley; grandchildren, Jade Hahn, Jacob Hahn, Jenna Hahn, Anthony Sylvester and Kelsey Sylvester; sisters-in-law, Mary Alsleben, Elsie Alsleben, Bev Alsleben and Dorothy Alsleben; special friends and neighbors Brad and Judy Platz; and many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Alice Burmeister; grandson Brandon Lanie; nephew Karl Burmeister; brother Vernon Burmeister and his wife Lorraine; parents-in-law Charles Alsleben and his wife Ella; sister-in-law Rosella Hanson and her husband Vernon and her first Husband William Sandman; brothers-in-law, Melvin Alsleben, Earl Alsleben, Roy Alsleben and Iven Alsleben.

Memorials preferred to Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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