Melvin Earl “Mel” Wallace

Melvin Earl “Mel” Wallace

of Otsego, Michigan
Birthplace: Valparaiso, Indiana

May 15, 1934 -- December 24, 2010

Visitation:
2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Winkel Funeral Home (directions)
207 E. Allegan St.
P.O. Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078
Ph: (269) 692-2721

Services:
Time: December 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM
Winkel Funeral Home (directions)
207 E. Allegan St.
P.O. Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078
Ph: (269) 692-2721

Melvin Earl ‘Mel’ Wallace, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on December 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers (Kenneth Wallace, Marvin Wallace and Roland “PeeWee” Wallace). He is survived by his wife, Neva May (Brown) Wallace; three daughters and a son, Tamara (Rick) Jones, Treva (Dave) Darnell, Maverick (Marsha) Wallace and Tonya (Randy) Love; his seven grandchildren, Lisa Darnell, Lance (Alayna) Froelich, Ashley Darnell, Cody Wallace, Casey Wallace, Kaitlin Love and Austin Love; his siblings, Kay, Donald, Wayne, Larry, Sue and Anne; many nieces, nephews and loved ones; and the beloved family pet and loving companion, Daisy May. Mel was born in Valparaiso, Indiana on May 15, 1934 as the first of ten children to Walter Earl and Irene Gertrude (Gott) Wallace. In 1954 he graduated from Kouts High School. After graduating high school he joined the United States Army (3rd armored division) serving two years in Germany. When he returned home he co-owned Dutchmaid Diary with a couple of his brothers, picked up his very well known job title of “the milkman” and where he met the love of his life (Neva May Brown) on his milk route. They were married on August 2, 1958 in Otsego. Later he went to work at Rockwell International, and retired from there in 1972. After his retirement he became an avid birdwatcher, squirrel exterminator and gardener. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles. Mel loved to travel, whether he was taking his whole family or just himself and his wife, he enjoyed international and national travel. He had a passion for helping others, family, friends and neighbors. Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Tuesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Ray Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Christian Neighbors Food Pantry.

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  1. Linda M Blair says:

    I am sorry to hear that Melvin had died. “Neva, I will be praying for you & your children through the grieving times that you may be experiencing. As you know, when Ron died, it took a big toll on my life. I still love and miss Ron to this day. So, I know, from experience, what it feels like to lose a spouse. I wish you best of luck in your hard times that you may have.” Just try to remember that he is with the lord in heaven.

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