John W. Mielke, age 87, of Ferndale, died Saturday, September 11, 2010. He was born July 25, 1923 in Royal Oak to Theodore and Beatrice. Mr. Mielke was active in the Ferndale Historical Society, VFW, Boy Scouts and the Exchange Club. He was part of the First Marine Raider Battalion in U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Survived by wife, Eleanor; children, John III, David and Jean (Richard) DeKeyser; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and siblings, James Dunstan, Margaret Grabow and Frances. Predeceased by son, James; and sisters, Isabelle and Alvina. Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at Spaulding & Curtin Funeral Directors, Ferndale. Funeral service Wednesday 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment, Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak. Memorial donations to Beaumont Hospice.