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Paul Arthur Melchior

Paul Arthur Melchior of The Villages Florida formerly of Belle Plaine and Park Rapids, died peacefully at home on January 6, 2013. Paul was born July 2, 1927 to Peter and Clara Melchior in Belle Plaine, Minnesota. He grew up and attended school there where he met his first wife Elverna "Ellie" Schmidt. Paul served in the U.S. Navy after high school then attended St. Cloud State University where he earned a teaching degree in 1949. Paul and Ellie married on June 18, 1949 and they moved west to South Dakota where Paul started his lifelong career in education as a teacher in Native American communities. Paul worked as an educator in many communities in South and North Dakota until 1968 when he accepted the position of Area Director of Education for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior in Minneapolis where he worked until his retirement in 1979.

After Ellie's death, Paul reconnected with family friend Phyllis Eix of Park Rapids and they were married on May 29, 2002. They decided to abandon the cold Minnesota winters and make Florida their permanent home. Together they enjoyed the wonderful weather, meeting new friends and of course, the golf! Throughout his life, Paul enjoyed many activities with friends and family including travel, fishing, hunting, golfing and casino outings.

Paul is survived by his second wife Phyllis Eix, children Jerome Melchior, Mary Ann (Chuck) Vermeersch, daughter-in-law Linda Melchior, son-in-law Robert (Carrie) Elder, grandchildren Lucas Melchior, Alan (Jaime) Elder, Joe Elder (Lindsey Steege), Will Elder, great-grandson Charlie Elder, sister-in-law Gertie Melchior, step children Lenny Eix, Steve (Lori) Eix, Laurie (Perry) Melbo, Sharon (Don) Adams, step grandchildren Carrie Eix, Kimberly Eix, EJ Eix, Jed Eix, Joseph Eix, Corey Melbo, Leah (Levi) Branstrom, Kelly Urbano, Kathryn Urbano, John Urbano, Jocelyn Adams, Caleb Adams, Parker Adams, step great-grandchildren Carter and Conner Branstrom and many nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Ellie, son Mark, daughter Paula (Melchior) Elder and step grandson Gabriel Adams. A memorial service for Paul will be held in Belle Plaine, Minnesota this spring with date and time to be shared at a later date.