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Rev. Fred Golke 05/14/2024

Reverend Fred William Golke was called peacefully to his heavenly home early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2024, following a brief Hospice stay at Bel Rae Senior Living Center, Mounds View Minnesota. God granted him 93 amazing years.
Fred was born on October 30, 1930, to the parents of Gottfried & Clara (Laskowski) Golke in Cleveland Ohio.
Baptized on November 9, 1930, and confirmed April 18, 1943.
His confirmation verse was the driving force behind his call into pastoral ministry. Romans 1:16- “For I have complete confidence in the gospel: it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles.”
Attended Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Concordia College and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Missouri.
Did two summers of missionary field work in San Jose, California.
Served his Vicarage at Trinity Lutheran, Washington, DC.
Earned his Theological Bachelor of Arts degree on June 3, 1955.
Married Mary Louis Eggert on June 4, 1955.
Fred and Mary embarked on a 63-year career in ministry, serving four Lutheran congregations.
1955-1973 Fairview Lutheran, Hopkins, Minnesota. A newly formed congregation.
1973-1985 Our Redeemer Lutheran, Moorhead Minnesota along with Chaplain work each summer at Lutheran Island Camp, Henning, Minnesota.
1985 Earned his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St Louis, Missouri
1985-1994 Messiah Lutheran, Mounds View, Minnesota
1994-2010 Trinity Lutheran, Hudson, Wisconsin
2010-2018 Pastor Emeritus at Trinity, Hudson
2018 Delivered his last sermon at Trinity.
Fred and Mary raised 4 beautiful children, Keith, David, Paul (Kristi Stenberg), and Kathi (Clyde Muneoka).
Fred is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings: Elaine (Jack Walter), Ruth (Ken Williams), and Evelyn (Ray Scibbe). Fred is survived by his wife of 69 years, four children, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, five foster grandkids, cherished in-laws Dave Ries and Marge Bayless, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Allina Hospice Care team and the Bel Rae Senior Living staff for their wonderful and compassionate care of Fred over his last few months.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bakken-Young, River Falls, Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy ( or Lutheran Hour Ministries ( or Lutheran Social Service of MN ( or WI (
Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mary was the love of his life, and they enjoyed traveling together to such places as Hawaii, Germany, Russia, China, Greece, and Alaska where they experienced and saw the wonder of God’s Creation.
Fred jumped in with both feet with everything he did: Whether taking his children on canoe trips down Minnehaha creek, to always reading the Sunday comics to his children as they sat mesmerized on his lap, turning out amazing projects from The Workroom, taking the family on summer vacation driving trips to fish or visit the CA/AZ/OH/WI relatives with stops at all the sightseeing places along the way, to playing Stump the Pastor at Lutheran Island Camp, to yelling Skol! with every Minnesota Viking touchdown, to hunting grouse on a cool morning or bleeding out deer in the garage.
Challenges: Fred faced every challenge with optimism, humor, and putting the best spin on everything.
He worked many labor-intensive jobs at Republic Steel which allowed him to pay for his education and turned him into the consummate handyman. He took on the challenge of starting a congregation from ‘scratch’ in Hopkins as his first call. During his alcoholism recovery, he helped to form the national pan-Lutheran support group Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy (FRLC). Following a tragic hunting accident so damaging an eye it had to be replaced with a prosthetic glass eye, he adapted to the loss of depth perception both behind a steering wheel and a table saw. His family tradition of reading the Luke 2, Birth of Christ, scripture before opening presents, continued up to his last Christmas in 2023.
If you asked Fred what he would most like to be remembered for, his response would shift completely from him to whom his strength and faith came from. He spent his life proclaiming the Gospel’s truth and life saving grace that comes from Jesus Christ. He would not want us to focus on him, but on Him the creator of all.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church-West Campus (1205 6th St.) in Hudson. The service will be live streamed via the link at the bottom of the obituary.  Visitation will also be Wednesday from 9:30-11:00 am at the church. A luncheon will follow the funeral service in the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Interment will be held Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch Rev. Fred’s service live Wednesday, May 22nd


  • Deb and Zane Bollom Posted May 15, 2024 9:39 pm

    Our condolences Mary.
    We will be lifting you up in our prayer.

  • Dave and Kim Eifealdt Posted May 16, 2024 11:37 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Pastor Golke’s passing. You are in our prayers.

  • Gina L Kaufman Posted May 17, 2024 10:34 am

    Paul, We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. This has been a journey for you all, and knowing your Dad is free of sickness, wholly healed and lovingly welcomed into the arms of Jesus – may that bring you comfort. He is Home! And you will one day be reunited. We love you! Gina and Wes

  • Carolyn and Mitch Greunke Posted May 17, 2024 11:55 am

    Mary, we have been so blessed to know Pastor Fred through the years. He was a wonderful man and a real source of comfort and wisdom for our family during tough times. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

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