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Obituary for Melvin E. Eklof
Melvin Ernst Eklof of Frederic, WI passed from this earth on Friday, April 3, 2015. He left us as he lived, in peace and love. Mel was the ninth child of ten born of an immigrant father, August Eklof and wife, Isabell in Holyoke, Minnesota on September 9, 1920. Thus began a life of adventure, hunting, backpacking, and fishing with his dear friends, especially Jens and Roy.
Melvin graduated school in Superior, Wisconsin and joined the National Guard at the too early age of 17. He then went on to the CCC's building Pattison Park and served in the Army during WWII; finally settling in Frederic where he worked as town Constable and fire Marshall, before retiring from a 35 year career at MPM. After retiring he went on to work another 16 years for the West Sweden Township. You may have known Mel as a scout master, a boss, a fishing buddy, a teacher, but everyone who knew him, knew him as "friend".
Melvin shared many loves, but the love of his life was his wife of 50 years, Marian, and his son, Rick and daughter, Mary. Mel's motto was "I can do anything...if it's impossible, it just takes a little longer". Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; his wife, Marian; and his son, Rick. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Eklof-Karl; his grandchildren, Carl and Kelly, Mackenzie and Eric, Becky and Jeff, Mya and Derek and Erik D. His great-grandchildren, Mason, Erik, Hayden, Ellie, Jamison and Helen, along with many, many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the South Fork Sporting Club, 3537 78th Street, Frederic, WI 54837.
An online guestbook is available at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, 715-327-4475 and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, 715-825-5550.