Allan Edward Beilke, age 77 of Grey Eagle died Monday, January 21, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital of heart failure after experiencing numerous health challenges over the past several years. Allan’s wish was that his body be donated to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program in hopes that his experience with complex medical issues could help aid in research. Allan did not want to have a traditional funeral. In place of this, friends and family will gather informally on Sunday, February 24 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Cornerstone Restaurant, 233 Kraft Dr. SE, Melrose, MN 56352 for fellowship. There will be an opportunity to share a story or memory about our dad at about 3:00 p.m. if you would like. There will be a private graveside memorial for Allan once his body has been returned to his family.
Allan was born in Bertha, MN to Mabelle (Picker) and Edward Beilke.
Allan is survived by children: Sarah Beilke, Karl Beilke, and Karen Beilke. Allan is also survived by Sarah’s daughters Ava and Ameile. Allan also leaves behind many special friends who have helped him in so many ways.
Allan enjoyed fishing and he loved going up to the “Sheep Ranch” deer hunting when he was able. Allan was eager to teach his granddaughters how to fish and although it was difficult for him with his health, he managed to get “the girls” as he always called them out fishing a few times. Our dad also loved to watch drag racing and taking drives in the country on Sunday afternoons. He was an avid motorcycle rider and loved going to Sturgis. Allan enjoyed going to hear live country music, going to the casino, and poking around at auctions to see if he could find any good deals. One of our dad’s proudest accomplishments was building our family’s cabin from the ground up and teaching us how to build alongside him.
Allan honorable served in the U.S. Army. Professionally, Allan’s career focused around banking, business, and finance. He was active in the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in the Veteran’s memorial integration in Grey Eagle.
Allan will be remembered by those who loved him as a loving father, and adoring grandfather, a good friend, an outdoors man, and as a man who cared a lot about his community.