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"Rudy" Frederick R. Melin

November 27, 1919 August 10, 2012
"Rudy" Frederick R. Melin
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Rudy Melin, 92, died at his home in Trade Lake Township, Burnett County, WI on August 10, 2012.

Frederick Rudolph “Rudy” Melin was born November 27, 1919 on the family farm in Laketown Township, Polk County, WI. He was the sixth of ten children born to Gust and Adelia (Peterson ) Melin. He grew up on the family farm and attended Alabama grade school through eighth grade and the Frederic High School for two years.
Rudy was united in marriage to Virginia Ballard on May 14, 1959 in Frederic, WI. They lived their life on the family farm where they raised their two children, Karrie and David.
Rudy enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He grew up working with his family on the farm and spending time with their extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. As he grew older, he and his siblings liked to dance and socialize at the local gathering spots. After he was married, he enjoyed his family life and spent his time attending his children’s activities. He served as a 4-H softball coach and helped with the building of the softball field in Atlas. He also served on the Atlas United Methodist Church Council. In his later years, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He attended all of their programs, plays, concerts, county fair activities and sporting events as long as he was able. He especially enjoyed their softball and football games.
Rudy enjoyed being a farmer and living his life on the farm. He continued to drive tractor and help out with the fieldwork until he was 88.
Rudy is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughter, Karrie Melin Swenson and husband Steve; son, David and wife Julie; four grandchildren, Nate Melin, Hannah Melin, Abby Swanson and husband Kyle, and Erik Swenson; sister , Mildred Lundgren and husband John; brother, Charles and wife Dorothy; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Gustafson, Eunice Asper, Ethel Anderson, Myrtle Cooper and Irene Anderson; brothers, Harold Melin and Wilbur Melin.
Memorial services will be held at the Atlas United Methodist Church in Atlas, WI on Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Carolyn Saunders officiating. Musicians will be pianist, Ronda Haley and soloist, Pete Peterson.
Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck on Tuesday, August 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. and again at the church 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Online condolences may be left at or Please continue to check these websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475.
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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