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Melvin William Frank

Melvin William Frank, age 80, of Howard Lake, died Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Howard Lake.

He was born March 7, 1927 in Victor Township, Howard Lake, the son of William and Lydia (Westphal) Frank. A life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, Melvin was baptized April 24, 1927 by the Rev. C.G. Seltz, and confirmed in his faith April 6, 1941 by the Rev. Eugene Seltz.

Melvin attended Merriman Country School and St. James Lutheran School.

The family farm was located southwest of Howard Lake. While growing up and working on the farm, Melvin developed a passion for flying. He purchased a light plane and through this interest, he met Marian Klima of Silver Lake. They were married July 21, 1951, at the First Congregational Church of Silver Lake. This union was blessed with two children.

Melvin and Marian took over the operation of his parents’ farm until January of 1960 when as a result of a farm accident, Melvin lost his leg. They then moved to Grandpa Frank’s farm, where he developed a landing strip and opened a small airport. Many people would come to watch the skydivers on Sunday afternoons.

Melvin was employed as a mechanic at Moorhead Implement in Howard Lake and would substitute as a rural mail carrier. Eventually, he became a full-time mail carrier and the family moved into Howard Lake.

In March of 1989, Melvin retired from the post office. His retirement years were spent “fixing and tinkering” in his shop, plowing gardens for many people, and doing various other odd jobs when needed.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lydia Frank; a brother, Orville Frank; and a sister, Verna Mulvanny.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; daughter Marlene Frank; son, Milan Frank; sister Elaine (Everrett) Smith; brother-in-law James Mulvanny; nieces, nephews, and family and friends.

Funeral service was Thursday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Michael Nirva officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Butterfass and Bob Lea. Interment was in the Howard Lake City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mel Bjur, Benji Klima, Bobby Klima, Larry Smith, James Mulvanny, and Doug Hall.

Visitation took place Wednesday, June 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 8 p.m., and continued Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake and Cokato.

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