Marvin Ernest Bulau, a well known concertina player from the Arlington area, passed away at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis on Sunday, May 2.
A private burial service for the immediate family is being planned with Pastor Matthew Rauh, from the St Pauls Lutheran Church in Arlington, at the Arlington Public Cemetery.
A celebration of life for friends and family is also planned at the Glencoe City Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13.
Marvin was born to Ernest and Clara (Dahlke) Bulau on July 17, 1941. He was an only child. Marvin was baptized and confirmed from Zion Lutheran Church in New Auburn Township. He graduated from the Arlington-Green Isle school in 1959. He started playing the concertina as a teenager in a three-piece band and later played for the Wally Pikal Band and George’s Concertina Band. He enjoyed playing concertina in parades, for the area nursing homes and the annual Arlington Breakfast on the Farm event. He also farmed with his father and eventually took over the family farm after his dad passed. He started working at the Arlington Enterprise right after graduation and worked there for over 50 years until he retired in 2013, due to a heart condition. Marvin enjoyed playing concertina, traveling, staying in Florida during the winter with his wife, Irene, and spending time with family and friends.
Marvin married Irene Riebe on June 22, 1963. They had four children and lived on the family farm near Arlingon. He was a gentle and kind man and a wonderful and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters, Leslee Miller of Arlington, Lisa (Brian) Mehlhop of Arlington, and Lynn Wills of Tampa, Florida; son, Christopher Bulau (Kendra Williams) of Brownton; grandchildren, Billy McCormick (special friend Krista) and Brandon Walstad, Adam Mehlhop (special friend Ashley), Mathew Meffert, Michaela Meffert (special friend Zach), Lilly Bulau, Skyler Bulau (special friend Erik), Zachary Bulau (special friend Melanie), Kenzie Bulau (special friend Emma) and Peyton Bulau; great-grandchildren, Casin Blakeman, Austin Seefeldt, Alexander and Hudson Ince, and Finley and Haisley Bulau; and sisters-in-law, Selma Dose and Evelyn Dittmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Clara Bulau; father and mother in-law, Henry and Lillie Riebe; son-in-law, John Meffert; and brothers-in-law, Willmar Dose and Alfred Dittmer.