Melvin E. Chalstrom, 90, of Princeton died January 25, 2014 at the Elim Home in Princeton.
Melvin Eugene Chalstrom was born Aug. 24, 1923 in St Francis to Axel and Ruth (Solberg) Chalstrom. He grew up on the family farm near Dalbo, attended primary school nearby, and graduated from Princeton High School. On Sept. 10, 1949 Melvin and Bonnie Northway were married in a candle light ceremony at the West Branch Lutheran Church near Long Siding. In 1959, Melvin took a job driving truck for the Northwestern Casket Company in Minneapolis and bought a home for the family in Columbia Heights. Melvin had a successful career at Northwestern and was promoted to manage production for the entire factory. The family farm continued to play a central role in the familys life, and in 1987 Melvin and Bonnie retired and took up residence there once again. As a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo, Melvin served the church in many ways, including management of construction of a large fellowship hall.
Melvin was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Friends and neighbors appreciated the helping hand that Melvin was quick to lend. Fishing and hunting were a favorite pastime. Gardening was another special passion and relatives and friends frequently enjoyed the bountiful produce.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Princeton; three children, Robert (Joyce) Chalstrom of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jean (Mike) Selan of Fort Collins, Colo., and David (Theresa) Chalstrom of Princeton; three grandchildren, Chris Chalstrom, Ryan (Cori) Chalstrom, and Jocelyn Selan; great-granddaughter, Amanda (Ryan and Coris daughter); and by many other relatives and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Lindgren and Carol Manke. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Salem Lutheran Church in Dalbo with Rev. Sarah Bunge officiating. Vocalists were Wendell and Laurel Johnson and Roberta Erickson served as pianist. Pallbearers were Ryan Chalstrom, Dwight Lindgren, Jeff Manke, Shawn Manke, Tim Northway and Jim Northway. Interment was in Salem Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Homes.