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Melvin William Messer, 90, of rural Menahga, passed into eternal life Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids.

Melvin was born to Theodore and Gladys (Torgeson) Messer Jan. 17, 1924 in Minneapolis. He graduated in June of 1941 from Edison High School.

He entered the Navy as a U.S. Naval Aviator in 1942. After his honorable discharge in 1945, he attended the University of Minnesota where he completed his degree in engineering in 1953. After graduation, he worked at FMC Corporation as an Engineer and retired as Manager of the Test Department.

Mel was very active in the Menahga Conservation Club and the Menahga Horticulture Society. He was also one of the charter members of the Fridley, Lions Club.

Following his retirement in 1982, Mel built a log home in rural Menahga, where he lived for the past 32 years.

In 1972, he was united in marriage to Florence Olson.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children and stepchildren, William Messer of Edina, Kristine (Richard) Besel of Worthington, Robert Messer of Edina, Sandon Eggers of Minneapolis and Jay Eggers of Minneapolis; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene; and his beloved wife, Florence.

Memorial service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the First English Lutheran Church in Menahga with Pastor Steve Bruer and Pastor Jim Hallaway officiating.

Urn bearer: will be Mel's son, William Messer.

Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Lunch to follow.