Thomas "Tom" August Milbradt
In Loving Memory
September 13, 1930

Passed Away
February 10, 2013

Thomas August Milbradt, 82, was born on September 13, 1930 in his family’s home on the farm in Sebeka, Minnesota. He was surrounded by a loving, Christian family which included his parents, Henry and Olga, five sisters, and two brothers. Throughout his young life, he faithfully attended Zion Lutheran Church, which his grandfather helped to construct – the congregation is still active and - this summer - will celebrate 120 years of sharing Christ’s message.

Tom attended rural country school for eight years and then decided to settle into the life of a farmer. However, when his brother, Jule, returned home after serving in the Army overseas, he encouraged Tom to return to school and graduate from high school. He graduated from Sebeka High School in 1950.

He enrolled in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota that fall, but joined the Minnesota National Guard and was activated in January of 1951. He spent two years with the Army, including 14 months in Korea. During his time in Korea, he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal.

In January 1953 Tom enrolled in Agricultural Engineering at what was then North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, North Dakota. Tom graduated with a BS in Agricultural Engineering, and wanting to work with farmers, began working with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1957. He spent 14 years working in southern and southwestern Minnesota working with drainage, flood control, erosion control, and animal waste utilization. From 1963 to 1971, he was the Area Engineer for a 12 county area in southern Minnesota.

In July 1971, Tom accepted the position of Assistant State Conservation Engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Colorado. He held this position until retiring in December 1989, and his responsibilities covered the entire state. It naturally involved many irrigation projects including reservoirs, earthen and concrete lined canals, water control structures, and pipelines. It also included erosion control work, water conservation practices, animal waste utilization, and inspecting construction of flood prevention dams up to 70 feet in height.

After “retirement”, Tom continued to work for Wright Water Engineers, the Colorado Department of National Resources / Mined Land Reclamation, FEMA Flood Assistance, Colorado Auto Auctions, and most recently, to fulfill his personal love of the beautiful outdoors, thinning a man’s acreage in Evergreen to assist with fire mitigation. His last day cutting trees was on October 29 th.

Tom was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church serving for many years as Elder, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, and more! Tom was physically active all of his life - he played tennis for many years, and ran multiple road races, including numerous 5 and 10 mile races, the Georgetown Half Marathon, and Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota. He also loved to hike – successfully summiting 18 14-ers and many smaller, beautiful peaks as well with family and friends! He was an avid hunter – continuing to hunt deer in Minnesota and elk in Colorado until last year. When relaxing at home, he loved spending time with family, playing cards, watching classic movies, reading, and scooping
and eating ice cream .

Tom married Darlene Meta Meckola on September 16, 1955. To this union were born Margery (Brian) Hoag, Gail (Mike) Prinzi, Gary Milbradt, and Laura (Greg) Prinzi. Tom and Darlene’s grandchildren are Joshua Thomas Prinzi and Hannah Meta Prinzi.

Preceding Tom in death are his parents, Henry and Olga; four sisters, Irene Jensen, Ethel Kreklau, Marian Eitel, and Audrey Nagle; and one brother, Julius Milbradt. Surviving Tom are his sister, Lorraine Kreklau, and brother, Harold Milbradt, both of rural Sebeka, Minnesota; his wife, children, and grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:30 am at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lakewood. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Gifts of love can be given to Concordia Lutheran Church - Missions or Landscape Fund, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or Bethlehem Lutheran School - Tuition Assistance Fund

Thomas "Tom" August Milbradt
Celebration of Life:
2/16/2013 10:30 AM, Concordia Lutheran Church, Lakewood CO

Memorial Guest Book

Hannah Prinzi

Thank you all for everything you have done for us. Not a day goes by without me thinking of him. The thing I remember the most is his chapped hands, that were always warm and comforting.Miss you G-Pa, see you one day.

Judith Kreklau Tidrick

Tom will live forever in our hearts. Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand...

Jon and Shelley Eitel

So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. We hope for the best to all he left behind. He will join most of his family in heaven and provide the rest of us with some powerful guardian angels. Love to all. Jon and Shelley

Paul Eitel

May you all feel wrapped in the prayers and love of your family and friends! Tom was a loving wonderful father, uncle, cousin, and grandpa! His life was lived with Jesus by his side...a pattern by which to live. Peace, Love and Hugz eternally!

Janie Macaluso-Conlon & Bill Conlon

Wishing you Peace and Love in your time of sorrow. Tom was a true Gentleman and a kind steward to the outdoor world.

Pearl Johnson

I am very saddened to hear of Tom's death. You have my deepest sympathy. I plan to see you at the Life Celebration on Saturday.

Debra (Milbradt) Tuott

Just a note to say how sorry we are for the loss of this wonderful man. He has left a legacy that will not quit. What a blessing he was. His name is written down in Glory where he now resides til we see him again. God bless and comfort you, Darlene and the whole family.

Duane and Barb Meckola.

Barb and I will miss you Tom, and the many good times we had togather. I was surprised you quit cutting wood on my birthdate. Oct. 29, Maybe there are some trees to cut where you are, let me know if you need some help. God bless you.

Roy Milbradt

God's grace on the family of a great man, who also was my cousin. I know he will be missed but there must have been some trees to be taken down somewhere, and this man was an expert. No matter where he went it seemed like when you asked where Tom was, he was out with the chainsaw. He will be missed, I pray God's love will fill your lives with the loving memories to help your adjustment. Roy and Sue Milbradt Clackamas, Oregon

Brian & Margery Hoag

One of the strongest, most sincere persons we've been privileged to know and love. Teacher of life's lesson's and God's blessed promises. Thanks Dad!

Debby Kreklau Herbert

What a tribute to a man who touched the lives of everyone around him. He had the most generous heart - all of his siblings did all of their lives. Tom wasn't happy unless he was doing something for someone else -- always there when somebody was in need. A man with a resume that was impressive -- and the way he lived his life was his best accomplishment. "Well done my good and faithful servant" were probably the first thing he heard when he saw his Lord for the first time. He was the dearest and sweetest Uncle I could have ever asked for. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

Jason, Tammy and Alexander McCartney

Our heart felt love and prayers to all of you, what wondeful memories and love your famliy has, your dad is truley with the angels, and what an awesome place to be. Gods blessings to all his loved ones, until we see you RIP brother Tom, Love The McCartney's