Ronald L. “Red” Melvin, age 77, passed away on March 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospital. He was born on Feb. 2, 1936 in rural LaFarge, WI, the son of Leona Hughes Melvin and Cecil Melvin. Ronald graduated from LaFarge High School in 1954. He married Paulette Ames in 1956. He worked for General Motors in Janesville for 37 years, retiring in 1992. He served in the US Army from 1958-60. Ronald was a trapshooter, fisherman, hunter, and avid sports fan. He enjoyed hunting on his land in Readstown. He was a member of the Janesville Conservation Club. He followed the sports of his children and grandchildren – softball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and football.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Paulette, daughter Amy (Charlie) Nyborg of Janesville; son, Jason (Susie) Melvin of New Glarus, WI; grandchildren: Audra Nyborg, Chase Nyborg, Libbie Melvin, Ben Melvin, and Lucy Melvin; a sister, April (Randy) Young; niece, Vanna (Derek) Schroeder, and a nephew, Daniel Young of Viroqua.
The Henke-Clarson Funeral Home will assist the family. There will be a Celebration of Life at The Gathering Place, 715 Campus in Milton, on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 11 am until 3 pm. Lunch will be served from 12 until 1:30 pm. Red enjoyed food, family and friends so we invite you to come and share food and memories.
Red appreciated the kindness and care of all the medical staff over the years. Memorials may be made to the Salem Ridge Methodist Church of LaFarge, WI, or the Janesville Conservation Club.
I pray that I may live to fish until my dying day, And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s great landing net and peacefully asleep, That in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep.