Tamara "Tami" Mielke
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Tamara "Tami" Mielke, 50, of Hartford, SD, passed away at her home on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Tamara Dawn Mielke was born on September 10, 1963, to Gary and Karen (Lykken) Kratochvil. She graduated from Washington High School in 1981.
Tami and her husband Steve were married July 7, 1984. Upon graduating from Sioux Falls College in 1985, she enlisted into the South Dakota Air National Guard. In her nearly 28 years of dedicated service she worked her way up to the rank of Colonel (sel) and was the first female Group Commander in the history of the South Dakota Air National Guard. In February 2010, she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. She was the commander for eh Expeditionary Force Support Squadron where she earned the nickname "Bulldog." She truly enjoyed serving her country and helping young airmen. She was especially proud of her children Austin and Ashley. Tami lived her life to the fullest-true to her passion-no regrets.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Steve, their children Austin and Ashley, all of Hartford, SD; parents Gary and Karen Kratochvil, Sioux Falls, SD; grandmother Esther Lykken, Beresford, SD; brother Todd Kratochvil, Minneapolis, MN; father-in-law Paul Mielke, Hartford, SD; grandmother-in-law Grace Krumm, Hartford, SD; sister-in-law Paula Semrau, her husband Myron, and their children Tyler and Nathan (Elizabeth), Hartford, SD; brother-in-law Greg Mielke and his children Christopher (Holly) and Dustin; and many other relatives and friends.
Tami was preceded in death by her grandparents Isac Lykken, Charles and Maxine Kratochvil; mother-in-law Montae Rae Mielke; grandfather-in-law Kenneth Krumm; and paternal grandparents-in-law Henry and Marie Mielke.
Visitation will begin at 12 pm with the family present from 5 to 7 pm and a prayer service at 7 pm on Friday, June 27, 2014, at the Miller West Funeral Chapel, 41st Street and Valley View Road. A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Peace Lutheran Church with burial and lunch at Trinity Lutheran.
Miller West Funeral Home
6200 West 41st Street Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Published in The Argus Leader from June 26 to June 27, 2014