Melvin was born May 26, 1920 in Webster, Wis. His family moved to Markville, Minn., where he attended school and graduated in 1938 from Cloverton High School. He married Irene Witt in 1941 and they celebrated 70 years together. In 1949, their family moved from Markville to Sandstone. In 1959, the family moved to Stanchfield.
Melvin’s many skills included school bus driving, welder, mechanic, and all around handyman. Mel loved hunting, fishing, family, friends, and helping others. He will be greatly missed, but will be waiting for us at the gates of heaven with open arms
Melvin is preceded in death by his parents Herman and Olga (Fosmo) Babcock; 2 brothers and 2 sisters; son-in-law, Donald Shade.
He is survived by wife, Irene; children, Gary (Marie), Diane Shade, Roshan (Shivani), Lonny (Denise), Dan (Debbie); 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Rosalyn (Leonard) Haus; sister-in-law, Lois Babcock; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. Visitation will be Monday, June 25, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham. Arrangements are by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral and Cremation Services of Braham.