Obit: Dux, Melvin August #2 (1928 - 2011)
Surnames: Dux, Nemitz, Schaefer, Meier, Schultz, Biebert
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) May 18, 2011
Dux, Melvin August (25 April 1928 - 9 May 2011) With Flag
Melvin Dux, 83, of Neillsville died Monday, May 9, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Melvin August Dux was born April 25, 1928, on the home farm in Pine Valley Township, Clark County, the son of Albert and Alma (Nemitz) Dux. He attended Hillside School in Pine Valley Township for six years and then attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Neillsville for two years and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1945. April 25, 1952, he enlisted into the United States Air Force and served as a Chaplain’s assistant. He was stationed in Texas, Oklahoma and New York for schooling and served at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. He was united in marriage to Ina Mae Schaefer Sept. 12, 1953 at First Lutheran Church. Melvin was honorably discharged from the Air Force May 16, 1954, and returned home with his wife to the family farm, where they lived upstairs. In April of 1956 they moved into Neillsville and lived on Ninth Street and also Grand Avenue. During this time, Melvin continued to farm, and during the winter months, he also worked at a saw mill near Augusta. His father died in 1960 so he and Ina Mae moved back to the farm, which they then purchased July 1, 1960. March 14, 1989, Melvin sold his cows but continued to farm the land. For the past 20 years he traveled the countryside selling Dairyland Seed.
Melvin was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. He was baptized there May 20, 1928, confirmed there June 1, 1941, and served on the church council numerous times. He was a member of the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73 in Neillsville and served on the Military Honor Guard. He and Ina Mae also regularly worked the Friday night fish fry at the Legion. Melvin volunteered as a porch greeter at The Highground and also helped to get the tribute to the Korean War started. He was a committee man for the ASCS, now known as the Farm Service Agency (FSA). He was a member of the Hitchhiker’s International Club - Northwood Country Club, and he also helped deliver Meals-on-Wheels for many years. Melvin’s hobbies included his cows, camping and storytelling.
He is survived by his wife, Ina Mae; siblings, Everett (Angie) Dux, Marie (Clarence) Meier, both of Neillsville, and Norman (Carol) Dux of Wausau; many nieces and nephews; and a very good friend, Robert Schultz of Neillsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Meier; and three nephews, Michael, Gerald and Bobby Meier.
A Memorial service for Melvin was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2011, at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Neillsville, with visitation from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Pastor Timothy Biebert officiated. Music was provided by Sharon Nemitz, organist, and Dan and Bunny Dux, vocalists. Interment was in the North Pine Valley Cemetery with Military honors accorded by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 711 West 5th Street, Neillsville, WI 54456, or the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73, 6 Boon Blvd, Neillsville, WI 54456.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com. The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Melvin’s family with funeral arrangements.
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