Melvin Lester Schulz was born July 16, 1920, on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Craig, the son of Herman and Amelia (Onken) Schulz. He was raised on the farm and attended the Craig Independent School. Following school, he assisted his family and neighbors with farming.
On June 22, 1947 Melvin and Virginia Sanow were united in marriage at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The couple made their home on a farm south of Maurice. In 1971 Melvin and his family moved near Le Mars where Melvin assisted Ed Ellensohn with farming. He later went to work for Le Mars Community Schools as a custodian. He was with the school for 14 years prior to his retirement.
Melvin was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. He loved to reminisce and tell stories. Most of all Melvin enjoyed his vegetable gardening.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Virginia of Le Mars; two daughters, Margaret (Dan) Huls and Nancy Schulz, both of Le Mars; four sons, Roger Schulz of Orange City, Rodney (Linda) Schulz of Sioux City, Douglas (Judy) Schulz and Thomas (Maria) Schulz, both of Le Mars; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister Arlene McHale of Craig; a brother Herman (Marlene) Schulz of Le Mars; a brother-in-law Bennie Ahrendt of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter Kim Schulz; two sisters Helen Hartman and Gladys Ahrendt; a brother Kenneth Schulz; two brothers-in-law Henry McHale and Alfred Hartman; and two sisters-in-law Helen Schulz and Mildred Schulz.
Funeral services will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Greg Gabriel will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Ireton. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.