|Leslie Melby, 83|
|Written by TRF Times|
Roseau - Leslie Melby, 83, of Roseau, died on Monday, Dec. 26 in LifeCare Roseau Manor at Roseau.
Funeral services for Leslie were held on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 in Oiland Lutheran Church of rural Greenbush, with Pastor Jim Christenson, officiating. Casket bearers included Richard Wojciechowski, Tom and Arlys Dann, Lois Jackson, Stanley Melby and Gary Geske. Military honors were provided by Moen-Zimek Post 88, American Legion of Greenbush. Interment was held at Badger City Cemetery at Badger, with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush in charge of arrangements.
Leslie Kenneth Melby, the son of Dewey and Manda (Jackson) Melby was born at Dahlton, Saskatchewan, Canada. He came to the U.S. at the age of 19. He worked at Scobey, Mont., before he married Harriet Erickson on Nov. 6, 1951 in Roseau. He entered the U.S. Army in 1952 and served in Korea. After his discharge in 1954, he worked at Scobey, Mont., for a local farmer. He later lived at Libby, Mont., where he worked as the school custodian and in construction work.
In 1971, they moved to Greenbush. Leslie worked in North Dakota missile silo construction and at the Drayton, N.D., sugar beet plant. He worked for Polaris Industries in Roseau for many years, retiring in 1994.
Leslie enjoyed cooking, gardening, ice fishing and woodworking. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the Greenbush American Legion.
Leslie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Harriet; three sons, Alan (Glenda) Melby of Tucson, Ariz., Ray (Jewell) Melby of Barnett, Mo., and Lonnie (Jody) Melby of Redlands, Calif.; one daughter, Lisa (Gary) Geske of Thief River Falls; five grandchildren, Matthew, Jason, Christopher and Kelly Melby, and Kayla Geske; two step-grandchildren, J.B. and Barb Wallace; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Brooke Melby; and three step-great-grandchildren, Kiarra, James and Angel; one sister, Ethlyn Hermanson of Walker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Thora Gorrell; three brothers, Ivan Melby, Millard Melby and infant brother Alvin Melby.