Wallace "Wally" Arthur Mensink, 78, of Gilbert died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Essentia Health-Virginia in Virginia, Minn.

He was born Sept. 6, 1935, to Virgil and Jesse (Vrieze) Mensink in Cherry Grove.

He grew up in Cherry Grove, graduating from the Southern School of Agriculture in Waseca.

Following school, he married Janice Bosley on Dec. 24, 1958. He was enlisted into the United States Army. Upon returning from service overseas, he worked several jobs, including at the Raths Meat Packing Plant in Waterloo, Iowa, as well as for John Deere.

He followed is passion for farming by purchasing a dairy farm in Cherry Grove and working alongside his father and brothers. In 1975, Wallace's family moved to Gilbert. He was employed by the Stavers Foundry and Siegels Furniture, from which he retired.

He enjoyed fishing, refurbishing furniture and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include two sons, Wade and Aaron Mensink and a daughter, Dawn (Terry) Craven, all of Gilbert; four grandchildren, Justin and Collin Craven and Taylor and Noah Mensink; five siblings, Verdon (Darlene) Mensink of Las Vegas, Nev., Marlo (Janice) Mensink of Cherry Grove, Donna (Dave) Oeltjen of Texas, Marchel (Kevin) Comstock of Preston and Bob Howe of southern Minnesota and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice in 2006.

Memorial services for him were held on Friday, March 28, at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, with the Rev. Mickey Olson officiating. Internment followed in the Gilbert Cemetery.

Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home assisted the family with the funeral arrangements.