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Melvin A. Lange

Melvin A. Lange, age 65 of Watertown, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Oct. 3, 1937 to Walter and Lydia (Lemmermann) Lange in Hollywood Township.

Melvin was baptized into his faith Oct. 31, 1937 at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer. He was confirmed March 18, 1951 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Melvin married Arlene Ziermann June 3, 1961 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; this union produced three children.

Melvin was a mason by trade; he started working in construction for Novy Brothers in Hopkins before starting his own cement business.

He operated Mel Lange Construction for many years until his recent retirement. Melvin served on the Watertown Fire Department for 25 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Melvin was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He especially enjoyed the annual family trips to Steamboat Lake, grouse and deer hunting trips, and spending time with his family and friends.

Melvin is preceded in death by his wife Arlene, parents Walter and Lydia Lange, mother-in-law Gladys Ziermann, brother Erhard Lange, and brother-in-law Art Adickes.

He is survived by his children: daughters Bonnie and Jerry Salonek, Brenda and James Neaton, son Mark and Kristine Lange, grandchildren: Nathan, Nicholas, and Brooke Salonek, Becky and Scott Neaton, Joshua and Nicholas Wirgau, sisters Dolores Adickes, Vera and Leo Roy, Malvina and Gordon Dalbec, and Yvonne Lange;

brothers Clifford and Beverly Lange and Donald and Renee Lange, father-in-law Marvin Ziermann, sisters-in-law Jeanne and Rod Pettit, Judy White, and Sharon and David Hioum.

Funeral services took place Sat. Sept. 6, 2003 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

Visitation took place for two hours prior to services at the church. Rev. Paul D. Krentz officiated, with music being provided by Brenda Cox, organist, John Farber, soloist, and congregational singing.

Casketbearers were Roger Roy, David Roy, Nicholas Salonek, Nathan Salonek, Nicholas Wirgau, Joshua Wirgau, Alan Lange, Greg Lange, and Scott Nelson.

An honor guard was provided by the Watertown Fire Department and fellow firefighters from the surrounding area.

Interment was in the Watertown Community Cemetery in Watertown, Minnesota.

Arrangements were by Iten's Watertown Funeral Home.

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