Delbert (Del) Eugene Mellesmoen, age 81 of Park Rapids, MN passed away peacefully on October 16, 2019.
Del was born on October 29, 1937 at Wesley Hospital in Wadena, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sebeka and attended Sebeka schools. In his youth, Del loved to play baseball and spent a lot of time outdoors, hunting and fishing with family, brothers and friends. After falling in love at a Sebeka high school basketball game, and courtship of several years, Del married Annette Irene Pauna on June 18, 1960. Thereafter, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Orleans, France. After his service, Del moved to Minneapolis and then to Richfield with his growing family. Del worked at Thermo King for 33 years and retired as supervisor, quality control. He loved to travel and go for long walks with Annette. Del enjoyed an early retirement at the age of 58. Shortly thereafter, he and Annette retired to the beautiful city of Park Rapids where he spent many years fishing and boating on Fish Hook Lake with Annette and their three children Jeff, Greg and Carrie. Fall was his favorite time of year and he especially loved deer hunting with his children near Huntersville State Forest. Prior to retirement, Del spent many years hunting near Silver Bay with his children, his brothers Duane and Dennis, and nieces and nephews. In his retirement, Del loved working on his yard, having coffee with his Park Rapids’ friends, and spending time with his family, friends and granddogs. Watching sports and being in the outdoors was his passion. Baseball was always his favorite sport, but he said it was more fun to play than to watch. He also loved watching the Vikings and the Wild. Del passed on his love for sports to his children by coaching t-ball, baseball, softball, basketball and football. He also taught his children the love and respect for hunting, fishing and the beauty of nature. Del is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Adele, and his brothers Dean and Duane. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Annette; children, Jeff, Greg and Carrie (Joe); siblings Dennis (Vernie) Mellesmoen, Sharon Gerlach, Karen (Dale) Pickar; and many other loving family, friends and neighbors. Del was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. He lived a full life and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, MN, with Pastor Steve Norby Officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services at the church on Friday. Military Honors will be provided by the Otto Hendrickson American Legion post #212 Honor Guard Team of Park Rapids, MN. Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com . Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN.