Michael Edward Houdek, age 56, of Renville, died surrounded by his family after a long courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Renville. The Rev. Stan Kwiecien will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m., with a time of sharing memories at 6:45 p.m. at the church in Renville. Visitation continues on Thursday one hour prior to the services. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.
Michael Edward Houdek was born on June 26, 1961, in Olivia, Minnesota to Edward and Lorraine (Reese) Houdek. He and his family lived in Olivia until he was 11, they then moved to a farm south of Danube. Mike graduated from Danube High School in 1979. Following graduation, he worked at the fertilizer plant in Renville for a few years. He was united in marriage to Rhonda King on June 4, 1983, at First Lutheran Church in Renville. Mike drove truck for many different companies in the area over the years, he was most recently driving for Schroeder Trucking. Along with trucking, Mike helped his stepfather Bernard farm, and he later took over the farm. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Renville. An active member of AA, over the years, he mentored and counseled many people in the AA program. He loved farming, gardening, fishing -“can you hear’em”, and spending time with his grandkids. Mike will be remembered for many things, but most of all for his quick wit and sense of humor. He would leave a long lasting impression on everyone he met.
He is survived by his wife Rhonda, his daughters: Cassie (and Brad) McGuire of Bloomington, Ashley (and Jason II) Nelson of Chaska, Amanda (and friend Jon Burr) of Chaska; his three grandchildren: Mallory Nelson, Jason Nelson III, and Tyler McGuire; his mother Lorraine Kohout of Olivia, and his siblings: Chris (and Eloid) Penke of Danube, Sue (and Tom) Clemen of De Graff, and Nancy (and Joe) Poll of Belgrade; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Edward, his stepfather Bernard, and his father-in-law Melvin.
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