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Published April 25, 2013, 10:05 PM

Family leans on God after fatal Parkers Prairie plane crash

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Those living in and around the community of Ottertail, Minnesota take care of their own. And so when 41-year-old Adam Menze died tragically in a plane crash near Parkers Prairie recently, friends and strangers alike rallied around his young family, a wife and six little children.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Those living in and around the community of Ottertail, Minnesota take care of their own. And so when 41-year-old Adam Menze died tragically in a plane crash near Parkers Prairie recently, friends and strangers alike rallied around his young family, a wife and six little children.

This Saturday in Ottertail, a huge Carnival, dinner and silent auction will help the Menzes, who are trying to move on from the loss.

One thing is for sure. Adam Menze lives on through the six beautiful children who knew him as dad. From 10-year-old Ella all the way down to the new baby, 6-month-old Anna.

Rhonda Menze, Adam’s Wife: “He was thrilled every time we were expecting, every time one of the kids was born. He loved them all.”

Adam Menze was a brilliant man. A mechanical engineer who had his own company, often flying around the Midwest for work, so his children could grow up in Lakes Country.

Menze: “He was a fabulous dad. Loved being a dad from the moment Ella was born.”

His wife Rhonda, speaking from Adam's beloved church says he was a man of great faith.

Menze: “So though we miss Dad, the goal now is to point the children to the heavenly father.”

Adam left his mark here on St. John's Church. Baptized and confirmed here. But as an adult he became a leader. Sunday School and Mission and one last project.

It would be Adam Menze who would work to get his church to return Christ to the cross on the altar.

Menze: “It was important. Christ is center, center for Adam and for those who believe.”

Rhonda is now left to care for the six kids, even home schooling them all. She too says daily strength to move forward comes from the strength and faith she clings to.

Menze: “People say I am strong. They say that after people go through something like this. And I smile at that and you don't have a choice and God is strong and I am weak and when you are weak you are lifted up.”

Adam did not let obstacles get in the way of success and happiness. In fact it made him more driven. This Norman Rockwell kind of a man, who after his first baby was born, told his wife “Let's have ten.”

That "Carnival for the Menze Kids" will be held this Saturday at the Ottertail Community Center from two to six. There will be games, a dinner, silent auction, clowns and bake sale.

Dozens of volunteers from the area have been working for weeks in order to help the Menze family.

Lori Field, Helping with Benefit: “And how shocking it was to come out of nowhere. I had a sign-up sheet for a couple of weeks and I had not looked at it and I looked at it and it shocked me that the whole page was full of people wanting to volunteer for the day.”

We have more information on the Carnival at WDAY.com and click on Easy Links.

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