Mike Moldenhauer, age 66, of Wilmot, SD, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, in Sioux Falls, SD, after a short battle with cancer.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. Visitation will be on Monday from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the church in Milbank. Pastor Thom Bowsher and Pastor Kristy Liebe will officiate. Honorary bearers will be the Milbank Fire and Rescue Department.
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Michael Moldenhauer was born on May 24, 1954, in Brookings, SD. He was the son of Darwin and Eloise (Bohn) Moldenhauer. Mike graduated from Milbank High School with the Class of 1972. He bought the A&W Restaurant in Big Stone City, SD, with his buddy, Steve, which started his career in the restaurant business. He owned and operated Michael’s Pizza Emporium in Madison, SD, and the Millstone Restaurant in Milbank, SD. He sold the Millstone in 2000 and worked as the foreman for a brick crew for Grangaard Construction Company. He later worked for L.G. Everist in Ortonville, MN.
From his first marriage, Mike had two sons: Jeremy and Joshua. He gained a third son, Dustin Odegaard, when Mike married Jill Shroll on February 16, 1985.
Mike was an officer in the Elks Club in Madison, SD, for many years. While living in Milbank, Mike was an active member of Milbank Fire and Rescue Department. He enjoyed the bond shared by his fellow firemen. Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Jill enjoyed the lake life on Big Stone Lake. Most importantly, Mike loved and cherished his family, especially his 13 grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jill Moldenhauer of Wilmot, SD; three sons: Jeremy (Brooke Street) Moldenhauer, Joshua (Hollie) Moldenhauer, and Dustin (Jenny) Odegaard; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and sister, Kathy (Ray) Williamson. He was preceded in death by his parents: Darwin and Eloise Moldenhauer.