Melvin Carl Schmeling, age 86, of Glencoe, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services.
He was born July 16, 1926, in Acoma Township, McLeod County, the son of Carl and Mabel (Monroe) Schmeling. Melvin was baptized April 13, 1927, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township by the Rev. Gervusius Fisher. He was confirmed in the Christian faith Oct. 26, 1941, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Foley by the Rev. Arthur Beck.
Melvin attended the Foley High School.
He enlisted in the United States Navy Jan. 21, 1944, and served during World War II aboard the cruiser USS Cleveland and the USS Manchester. Melvin received his honorable discharge July 12, 1947. He was awarded the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and seven campaign stars.
Melvin was united in marriage with Lorretta Jenneke July 19, 1947, at the First Lutheran Church in Glencoe by the Rev. Edgar Streufert. He suffered the death of his wife, Lorretta in April of 1976.
Melvin was married to Joan Ballman May 28, 1977, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe by Fr. Michael O’Connor.
Melvin had always worked as a grocer in Glencoe, and he retired from Lee’s Super Valu.
He was a member of the Glencoe VFW Post 5102 and the American Legion Post 95, a past member of the Glencoe Lions, and a volunteer for Meals On Wheels. Melvin had served on various committees for both church and community, helping whenever there was need.
He enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, playing cards, fishing, and hunting. Melvin loved to spend free time woodworking or visiting with fellow hobbyists about their projects.
Melvin will be remembered for his loving and giving personality, and how he cherished the time spent with his family.
In addition to his wife, Loretta, Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mabel Schmeling; a brother, Donald Schmeling; and a sister, Laurraine Pierson.
He is survived by his loving family: wife Joan Schmeling of Glencoe; daughter Shirley Troska (special friend Dennis Dusoski) of Glencoe; son and daughter-in-law Ray and Linette Schmeling of Glencoe; step-children and their spouses Ron Ballman, Kim and Myron Schuette, Jeff and Jo Ballman, Brian and Karen Ballman, all of Glencoe, Lisa and Don Miller of Plato, and Rachel and Troy Alsleben of Brownton; and grandchildren and their spouses, Jesse and Mary Troska, Jason and Emily Troska, Laura Langley and special friend Reese Lindeman, Kyle Schmeling, Amber Ballman, Angela Ballman, Stephanie and Chris Merhkens, Nicholas and Rachel Schuette, Rebecca and Adam Werner, Danielle Schuette and fiancé John Paszkiewicz, Nathan Schuette, Melissa and Charlie Davidson, Mitchell Ballman and special friend Tina Howard, Brooke Ballman, Matthew Miller, Joshua Miller, Ashley Miller, Cassandra Ehrke, Joseph Ehrke, Gage Alsleben, Jamie and Deana Callais, Angela Callais and Denise Ochocki.
Melvin is further survived by great-grandchildren Katie, Carly, Julia, Erika, Nina, Drew, Quinn, Eli, Elise, and two great-grandchildren soon to be here; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Margaret Schmeling of Madison, Marie Wanous of Hutchinson, Frank and Millie Donnay of Menahga, and Gertrude and Leonard Noga of Glencoe; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, June 25 at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. James F. Gomez as officiate. There was a gathering of family and friends prior to the service at the church. beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95 and the Glencoe VFW Post 5102.
Serving as urn bearers were Shirley Troska and Ray Schmeling. Melvin’s grandchildren served as honorary urn bearers.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.