Melford J. “Mel” Willmert, 91
Frost Melford J. “Mel” Willmert, age 91, of Frost, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, at United Hospital, Blue Earth.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Frost, with Rev. Arne Halbakken officiating. Burial will be in United Lutheran Cemetery, Frost. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Blue Earth is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Mel was born Dec. 24, 1920, at the family home in Frost, the son of Julius and Kristi (Hatlestad) Willmert. In 1938 Mel was in the first graduating class at Frost High School; and was the last surviving member of the class. In 1941 Mel cooked for the men hired by Coupanger’s Nursery to cut down Christmas trees in Montana for five weeks at $1/hour. He attended the University of Minnesota and worked in Minneapolis and later California before his marriage to Evelyn H. Jeseritzon Aug. 20, 1949, in Wood Lake. The couple lived in California where Mel worked for FruitGrowers Supply Company, a division of Sunkist Growers. In 1956 they moved to Wood Lake where Mel and Evelyn were in the grocery business for about 3 years. In 1960 he and Evelyn moved to Albert Lea and Mel began working for Investors Diversified Services. The couple retired to Frost in 1973, and Mel worked for the Frost and Blue Earth School Districts for a few years. Melford enjoyed music and singing, and through the years and for many weddings and funerals. Mel was also an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed traveling to Europe, the United States and Alaska.
Melford is survived by his wife,?Evelyn Willmert, of Frost; his sister,?Lorene Campos, of?Blue Earth; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and one first cousin still living in Norway.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ronald and Vernal Willmert; and an infant sister.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com