Melvin Weisbrod

RINGSTED, Iowa – A funeral service for Melvin Weisbrod, 94, of Ringsted, will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at United Lutheran Church in Ringsted, with Pastor Lauri Boysen, officiating.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service, with lunch and coffee fellowship following the service. Burial will follow in South Walnut Cemetery, Graettinger.

Arrangements by Henry-Olson Funeral Home.

Melvin passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Valley Vue Nursing Home, Armstrong. He was a kind and gentle person.

Melvin was born March 16, 1920, on a farm near Ringsted. He attended school in Ringsted schools and attended Ringsted High School. He farmed in Ringsted his entire life. Mel took ag courses at Iowa State in Ames. He was a gleaner for the Iowa State Corn Husking Bee in the 1930s. Melvin was on the elevator board for many years. He was also a charter member and President of the Danish/American Fellowship. He was a member of the United Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council in different positions. He was a field assessor in Ringsted and Armstrong for many years. In the early ’70s, he received an award for having the best corn yield in the Northern Iowa District. Melvin married Dolores Jacobson on Oct. 27, 1957. Mel always would say “he married a teacher for life.” Two children Melodee and Scott were born and loved. Mel loved his family, and enjoyed his extended family. He especially enjoyed his three grandchildren, Kirsten and Kara Reineke and Dylon Weisbrod. Melvin enjoyed gardening, farming, travel, music, dancing and “Lutefisk.” Many vacations were taken with trips to Denmark and Norway with friends there, also saw relatives there. He and family vacationed in most states and enjoyed Cape Cod and Door County on different vacations. He spent several winters in Arizona in his early years with his parents. As a family, we would drive in the evening to watch the sunsets. Mel always took pride in his garden, especially his muskmelon and watermelon. He sold some to Bonnicksen Grocery Store.

Mel is deeply missed and was devoted to his wife, Dolores who survives him. They were married for 56 years. Also surviving are daughter, Melodee (Ernie) Reineke; son, Scott (Sandy) Weisbrod; grandchildren, Kirsten and Kara Reineke, Dylon Weisbrod; and many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Edith Weisbrod.

Blessed be his loving memory.