Obit: Dux, Melvin #3 (1928 - 2011)
Surnames: Dux, Nemitz, Schaefer
----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, WI. 18 May 2011)
Dux, Melvin (25 APR 1928-09 MAY 2011)
Melvin A. Dux 83, Neillsville, died on Monday, May 9, 2011, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m.on Friday, May 13, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Neillsville. Rev. 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 Veterans Council.
Melvin August Dux was born on April 25, 1928, on the home farm in the town of Pine Valley, Clark County, the son of Albert and Alma (nee Nemitz) Dux. He attended Hillside School in the town of Pine Grove for six years, and then attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Neillsville for two years. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1945. On April 25, 1952, he enlisted into the United States Air Force and served as a chaplain’s assistant and was stationed in Texas, Oklahoma, and New York for schooling. He then served at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. He married Ina Mae Schaefer on Sept 12, 1953, at First Lutheran Church, Omaha. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force on May 16, 1954, and returned home with his wife to the family farm, where they lived upstairs. In April 1956, they moved into Neillsville and lived on 9th Street and also Grand Avenue. During this time, he continued to farm and during the winter months he also worked at a sawmill near Augusta. His father died in 1960 so he and Ina Mae moved back to the farm which they then purchased on July 1, 1960. On March 14, 1989, he sold his cows, but continued to farm the land. For the past 20 years, he traveled the countryside selling Dairyland Seed. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Neillsville. He was baptized there on May 20, 1928, confirmed there on 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. He 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. His hobbies included his cows, camping and storytelling.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Mae; three siblings, Everett (Angie) Dux, Neillsville, Marie (Clarence) Meier, Neillsville, and Norman (Carol) Dux, Wausau; many nieces and nephews; and a very good friend, Robert Schultz, Neillsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Irene Meier; and three nephews, Michael Meier, Gerald Meier and Bobby Meier.
Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 711 West 5th St., Neillsville, WI 54456, or the Haugan-Richmond American Legion Post #73, 6 Boon Blvd., Neillsville, WI 54456.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, assisted the family with arrangements.
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