Melvin F. Demmer, 88, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The funeral service for Melvin F. Demmer of the Good Samaritan Center, Albert Lea, formerly of New Richland, will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the First Congregational Church in New Richland. The Rev. Pamela Jensen will officiate. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, rural New Richland. Military Honors will be accorded by the New Richland Veteran’s Organization. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Friedrich Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Melvin was born on Dec. 26, 1915, to William and Lillian (Priess) Demmer on a farm in Steele County. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Richland. He married Edra Eschle at the First Congregational Church in New Richland on Dec. 27, 1939, where he remained a member until his death.

Melvin was employed on different farms and for E.F. Johnson prior to volunteering for the army. He took his basic training

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in Fort Sill, Okla. After training, he was an instructor for the Field Artillery Replacement Training Center,

attended the Provost Marshall General’s School, a supply non-commissioned officer and was in charge of all clothing and equipment issued.

Melvin received a honorable discharge as a Sgt. E-2 and then was employed by J.F. Tryholm in Waseca for many years and did custom farming until retiring. Melvin and his wife, Edra, lived in New Richland until 1997 when they moved to Bancroft Creek Estates, Albert Lea.

Melvin served as a trustee and was active in the Men’s Club at his church. He was also past president and member of both Lions and American Legion. He was instrumental and chairman of the board for &uot;Royal Villa&uot; complex in New Richland which was a success.

After retirement, Melvin and his wife enjoyed traveling the country in their RV. He lived a full life and enjoyed having fun. He was loved by many friends and his family, by whom he will be missed.

Melvin passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the Good Samaritan Center in Albert Lea at the age of 88.

Melvin is survived by brothers: David of New Richland, Boyd (Dorothy) of Faribault, and Lyle (Mary) of Blooming Prairie; sisters: Verdelle Hansen (Philip) and

Arlyss Haug (Richard), both of Clarks Grove, and Devonna Olson (Gerald) of Amery, Wis.; in-laws: Richard Sigurdson, Elsie Paulson and Norma Demmer, all of Albert Lea, Evelyn (Duane) Bell of

Rochester, and Ellsworth and Dorothy (Demmer) Gulbrandson of Hartland; and several nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edra; brothers: Wallace and Lester; sisters: Luella Jensen, Oriet Ribbe, and Doris Sigurdson; in-laws: Everett Eschle, Ruth Demmer, Charles Ribbe, Kernie Jensen and Luther Paulson; and nephew Ronald Olson.