Melvin L. Read, age 78, of Dassel, formerly of Waconia, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, at his home in Dassel, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Minneapolis, the son of Gilman and Lila (Westover) Read.
Melvin was united in marriage to Janet Duncan Sept. 28, 1957, in St. Cloud.
Melvin had been employed in the taconite industry and as a sheet metal worker. He had worked for the S.T. McKnight Company, Frontier Lumber, and for Herb Bloomberg Construction.
He was longtime member of the Minnetrista Baptist Church, the Sheet Metal Installers Local 10, and the Waconia Snow Goers Club.
Melvin loved everything outdoors. He enjoyed deer hunting, ice fishing, water skiing, snowmobiling, and yardwork. He also liked to do woodworking and home carpentry.
A very dedicated father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Melvin opened his home every weekend to all of his family and their many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilman and Lila Read; brothers William and Edwin Read; sisters Marie, Margaret and Francis; sons-in-law Milo Melcher, Si Vongkaysone; and a grandson, Ty Vongkaysone.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife, Janet; children Lila (Michael) Rothfusz, Lori (Tom) Bauer, Linda (Ron) Kroells, all of Waconia, William (Renee) Read of Surprise, AZ, Timothy (Mary Jo) Read of Dassel, Leann (Jim) Greenberg of Zimmermann, and Lisa (Jim) Schauer of Waconia; honorary daughter Brenda Klaustermeier of Norwood Young America; and grandchildren Elizabeth Melcher, Aaron Rothfusz, Leah Rothfusz, Ethan Melvin (Nicole) Read, Cody Read-Ebert, Emily (Randy) Garvick, Reed Bauer, Brittney Meyers, Jonathan (Rachel) Kroells, Tisha (Tyler) Messner, Tessa (Daniel) Gullings, Kahlie Kroells, Mitchel Read, Ashley Read, Shelby Read, Zach Juusola, Jacob Juusola, Cody Juusola, Rebecca Lyback, Mistique Hecksel-Read, Amanda Hecksel-Read, Mitchell Loncorich, Elliot Helmbrecht, Shallimar Schultz, Skyler Vongkaysone, Kamiesha Vongkaysone, McKenna Schauer, and Michael Schauer.
He is further survived by great-grandchildren Izabella, Lily, Eli, Trinity, Levi, Faith, Braden Melvin, Isaac, Jackson, Noah Melvin, Aubrianna, Amiya, Janelle, and Maci; sisters Ruth Johnson, and Fern (Neil) Klemz; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Louis Kipeth, Jean Ann Johnson, Dennis Schmidt, Gerald (Julie) Duncan, Judy (Dennis) Collins, Marvin (Mary) Duncan, Neil (Char) Duncan, and Charles (Lori) Duncan; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Wednesday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Minnetrista Baptist Church in St. Bonifacius, followed by interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday, March 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Ethan Melvin Read, Cody Read-Ebert, Jonathan Kroells, Mitchel Read, Skyler Vongkaysone, and Michael Schauer. Honorary casket bearers were Randy Garvick, Tyler Messner and Daniel Gullings.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.