Six months short of his one-hundredth birthday, Melvin Quale passed into eternal life on Jan. 30. There will be an informal gathering in his honor on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m., at Oakwood Methodist Church in New Ulm. All who knew him are invited for a time of remembrance. For more information call the church office 507-354-3731.
Mel was born to Anna and Ole Quale of Sebeka in 1914 and was one of 11 children. He is survived by his youngest brother Donald of Sebeka. Mel's wife Joan died in 2009. They had two daughters, Suzanne who lives in Texas and Cameron who lives in Arizona, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Mel served on an ammunition ship in the Pacific during World War II. He later settled with his family in St. Paul, where he worked for the Oak Grove Dairy. They moved to Redwood Falls when Mel became the dairy's sales manager for the state of Minnesota.
After retirement, he developed a game bird farm near North Redwood where he raised exotic birds. For several years Mel enjoyed numerous cross-country trips as part of RV caravans. During that time he moved to New Ulm where he lived for several years. He resided at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield during the last two years of his life.
Mel will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, his integrity, his love of country, and his exemplary loyalty.