Melvin J. RozellMelvin J. Rozell, 90, Lake Nebagamon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Melvin J. Rozell, 90, Lake Nebagamon, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on December 13, 1921 in Merrill, Iowa to Seth and Clara (Lonek) Rozell.
Melvin and the former Delores Bruland were married at the Hammond Avenue Presbyterian Church in Superior, in 1952. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 7 of this year.
Melvin owned and operated a dairy farm in Hawthorne by Lake Minnesuing for more than 50 years and was well known in the area for the sweet corn that he grew and sold each summer. He served on the Board of Directors with the Twin Ports Creamery. He was a jack of all trades and was skilled as a butcher, mechanic, carpenter and machinist. He enjoyed tinkering with equipment on the farm, gardening, playing cards, hunting, snowmobiling and dancing with Delores. He was patient with children and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Melvin will be remembered fondly for his skill at arguing any topic and for his twinkling baby blues.
In addition to his wife, Delores, Melvin is survived by three sons, James (Debbie) Rozell, South Range, Ronald Rozell, Grantville, Pa., Tom (Terri) Rozell, Lake Nebagamon; two daughters, Dolly (Bill) Bach, South Range, Sue (Scott) Priem, Superior; 13 grandchildren, Brandon (Amy) Rozell, Michael (Marie) Rozell, Candi (Nick) Stariha, Stacy Rozell, Jeni Rozell, Amanda (Jeremy) Holman, Amber Rozell, Valerie Bach, Ashley Rozell, Andrew (Justine) Bach, Ryan Rozell, Brody Priem, and Breanna Priem; nine great-grandchildren, Tasha, Seth, Dakota, Caitlin, Dillon, Reed, Hunter, Isabelle and Gage; four sisters-in-law, Vee Rozell, Ocala, Fla., Betty Lou Conklin, Duluth, Marilyn Hoag, Solon Springs, Elmira (Robert) Hack, Davenport, Fla. and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Gladys Attrill; two brothers, Floyd and Leonard Rozell; three brothers-in-law, Alvin Attrill, Russell Hoag and Pete Conklin; and one sister-in-law, Carol Rozell.
Melvin's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Middle River Health and Rehabilitation Center for their caring and compassion throughout his stay with them.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 and will continue on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service in the Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home. Pastor Joel Brygger will officiate. Luncheon will follow in the Hawthorne Town Hall, Hawthorne, WI.
A private burial will be conducted at the Lake Nebagamon Cemetery in Lake Nebagamon.