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Marlyn John Mehlhoff


     Marlyn John Mehlhoff, age 63, of New Rockford, ND, died Friday, March 18, 2016, at ManorCare Health Services, Fargo, ND.

     Marlyn John Mehlhoff, known as John, was born June 27, 1952, at New Rockford, ND, the son of Arthur and Gladys (Morken) Mehlhoff.   He graduated from New Rockford Central School in 1970.  John moved to Fargo, and worked at Bethany Nursing Home for a short time.  He then began working at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and continued there for the next 33 years.  John retired in 2005, and returned to New Rockford to help care for his mother.

     After Gladys died, John realized how much he missed working with the elderly.   He went to work part time at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, in the Activity Department until he retired a second time in 2014, due to his health.

     John liked getting together for holidays, and spending time with his nieces and nephews made him so happy.  He never missed a chance to tease and spoil them. His family remembers him as having a crazy sense of humor that could always get people laughing.   He was the “go-to” person in the family to listen to their problems, and was always generous to others.  In 1991, John was instrumental in getting a bill passed in the ND Legislature that protected the rights of consumers age 65 and older.

     His hobbies included raising flowers, raspberries, and vegetables in his garden.  He was a rummage sale and auction sale regular, and never passed up a “grab bag or box for a buck”!   He loved cats, and had several special ones over the years.

     John is survived by three brothers, Ronald (Sandy), Minot, ND, Leon (Ruth), West Fargo, ND, Dennis (Laurie Thiele), Fargo; four sisters, Nancy (Roger) Holcomb, Mentor, MN, Mary (Jay) Dunham, West Fargo, Phyllis (David) Pierce and Rhonda Heer, both of New Rockford; several nieces and nephews, and his special gal, Hazel the cat.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack, nephews Richie Mehlhoff, Randy Holcomb, niece Roxanne Holcomb, and great-niece Marissa Perez.




Wednesday (March 23rd) at 7PM in Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford


First Congregational Church, New Rockford, ND


Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 2:00PM


Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford

Posted Condolences:

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Name: Linda Lauckner

Date: March 29,2016

Message: I am so sorry for your loss. John was one in a million and will be missed by every life he touched. I was so glad to be able to spend time with him at Manor Care in his last couple of weeks. He was an awesome co-worker and I'll always treasure our working days at LHGS plus being a wonderful friend.  All my Love, thoughts and Prayers are with each of you. Linda


Name: Elaine Kautzman

Date: 03/24/2016

Message: I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I worked with John at the VA Hospital in Fargo for many years. John was great to work with and was loved by both the staff and patients for his sense of humor and caring heart. He will be missed.




Name: Kathy Nayes

Date: 3/23/16

Message:   I am so sorry to learn of the passing of John, my thoughts and prayers are with his family. I worked with John for many years at the VA and was a dear friend. He had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He was very caring with his patients and was well liked by the veterans and fellow coworkers. I have many great memories of him and he will be missed.        My Deepest Sympathy, Kathy Nayes



Name: Duane Reiser

Date: 03/22/2016

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with the family! 



Name: Lois Larson

Date: 03-22-16

Message: Phyl:  My sympathy goes out to you and your family. God's Blessings.   Lois



Name: Conni (Dungan) Fugleberg

Date: March 22, 2016

Message: My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family! I enjoyed working with John at the Lutheran Home. He always had a smile and was great with the residents! He will be greatly missed.



Name: Karen Robinson

Date: 3-22-2016

Message: My deepest sympathy is extended to John's family.  I worked with John at the Fargo VA for many years.  I have wonderful memories such as the day he received the VA Secretary's Award for Nursing Excellence - Nursing Assistant.  He was so proud and it was so very well deserved.  John always put the veteran first.  Rest in peace, John.

Karen Robinson

VA Friend



Name: Candy Nelson

Date: 03/22/2016

Message: Deepest Sympathy to John's Family.

I met John when I first started here at the Fargo VA in 1977, when he gave me orientation. He was a devoted hard worker that gave 100% to his patients. A sense of humor that still makes me smile at some of his memorable jokes. A great man, friend and co-worker. God's Blessings for comfort of the loss of John.



Name: Eileen Plath

Date: 3/21/16

Message: Dennis- sending my condolences and prayers. So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Think of the old day's at ManorCare and you! Take care. Eileen



Name: Dawn Tufte

Date: 03\21\2016

Message: Phyllis, I am saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him lots. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you, Dawn Tufte



Name: Robyn Ingvalson

Date: March 20, 2016

Message: Uncle John, you will be truly missed by so many family & friends. I still remember the "little stinker" t-shirt you got me because we opened the Christmas gifts while the older people went to the bar. And I'm sorry about putting my ice cream cone in your fridge when I was 6 , I didn't think it would melt. Sorry you had to clean it up!!!  AND, since I'm being honest I didn't want to eat the deer meat, but I didn't mean for it to land in your shoe.  Love you Uncle John (my Godfather)!!