Roy Allen Mulske, 62, New York Mills, died Sat. July 8, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family following a long battle with cancer. A gathering will be held on Sat. July 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM, with a memorial service starting at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, New York Mills, MN. Inurnment will take place in Hazelton, ND at a later date.
Roy was born June 25, 1955, the son of Bruno Mulske and Natalia (Hoffert) Mulske. Roy was one of twelve children and was raised on the family farm Southeast of Hazelton ND. It was here where he learned his hard work ethics. Roy often spoke of being four years old and driving the old Plymouth behind the granary back and forth as a kid and when he was six years old he was driving tractors and trucks to the field. On the farm, he was in charge of taking care of around 1000 chickens. Roy often talked about taking engines out of vehicles at a young age and there were never any parts left over. He was educated in Hazelton, ND. After completing eight grade he left school to help his dad with custom combining, where they would go as far as Texas and work their way back. They also moved big buildings, grain bins and did mechanical work. After he left the farm he moved to Dickinson, ND and started his own business, Roy's Repair and also worked as a Foreman for Kolling & Kolling. In 1973, he expanded and started Roy's Mobile Home Transporting. Later he moved to Wahpeton ND and worked as a Foreman for Dahls Industrial Tools of West Fargo where he traveled a lot. In April of 1988 one of the jobs brought him to Perham Minn. where he was renovating the swimming pool at the PACC. It was then that he met the love of his life Cheech. He left Dahl's and him and Cheech went in a partnership with Roy's Manufacturing Home Repair and Transporting in the Dilworth, Glyndon area and later moved to Butler on Cheech's family farm.
Roy was known as a hard worker with a strong work ethic. All he knew was work. He worked in his spare time, and he even worked in his sleep. He enjoyed challenges. He took on jobs others turned down because they thought were impossible. Some people called him "MacGyver". He was a kind, caring person with a good sense of humor. He enjoyed the outdoors, farming, gardening, ice fishing, hunting, and camping. He loved to play games from softball, bean bag toss, horse shoes, and cards. He especially loved pinochle! He enjoyed spending time with family and friends but most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
Roy is survived by his other half of 30 years Kathleen (Cheech) Rosenthal and her daughters Shirley (Paul) Peterson Wadena, MN. and Michelle (Dustin) Peterson Wadena, MN. His grandchildren Brianna, Liz, Wyatt, Hailey, Charlie, Peyton, Preston and Mia Peterson. His family; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruno Jr. (Sharon) Mulske, West Fargo; Jim (Betty) Mulske, Champlin, MN; Todd Mulske, Cleveland, ND; Brother-in Law, John Bambenek, North Branch, MN; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Josephine (Dennis) Weichel, Bismarck, ND; Vickie (Lawrence) Bambenek, Minot, ND; Karen Kautzman, Bismarck, ND; Joan (Daniel) Meuchel, Mandan, ND; Sandra (Paul) Kerzman, Bismarck, ND; Carol (Paul) Anderst, Bismarck, ND; Sister-in-Law, Cleone Mulske, Hazelton, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roy was preceded in death by his daughter Laurie Sue from a previous marriage; father and mother, Bruno Sr. and Natalia (Hoffert) Mulske; brother Dennis Mulske; sister Rita Bambenek; brother-in-law, Michael Kautzman.
Roy will always be loved and deeply missed by his family and friends. Please visit karvonenfuneralhome.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Roy's family.