Gary - Melvin “Mel” Rasmussen, 82, of Gary, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the Twin Valley Living Center, Twin Valley.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 9 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. Interment was held at the First Evanger Lutheran Cemetery.
He was born on Jan. 15, 1931, to Louis and Maude (Rounsville) Rasmussen in Plummer. Melvin began his schooling near Plummer and finished in a rural school near Fertile. Following his schooling, Melvin worked on area farms as farm laborer. He entered the United States Army on Nov. 30, 1949, and, for the next 20 years, served all over the globe. He had two tours of duty in Korea and one in Vietnam.
On Jan. 19, 1957, Melvin was united in marriage to Marlys Tradewell at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile. Melvin retired on Nov. 30, 1969, and settled in Red Lake Falls. He worked for Dairy Herd Improvement Association for 27 years. He and Marlys moved to Fertile in 1978, and Melvin, retiring a second time in December 1997. He continued to stay busy with part-time work in the area. Marlys died on Dec. 19, 1994. Melvin married Janina Arvanitis in August of 2000 in South Dakota.
Over the years, Melvin was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran’s of Foreign War organizations. He was a longtime member of First Evanger Lutheran Church, Fertile, where he served as Treasurer.
Melvin is survived by three sons: Bill (Meloni), Crookston, Randy (Margaret), Thief River Falls, and Don (Donna), Thornton, Colo.; one daughter: Denise Rasmussen, Gary; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; wife, Janina Arvanitis, Fargo, ND; a step-son, Andy Arvanitis, Ariz.; and several in-laws, nephews and nieces. Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marlys, and five brothers: Joe, Harry, Charlie, Ed, and Fred, as well as one stepdaughter, Margaret Jackson.
Arrangements were with Erikson-Vik Funeral Home of Fertile.