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Kenneth G. Melcher


Kenneth G. Melcher passed away May 24, 2015, at the age of 88.

He was born March 19, 1927, to Jake and Mollie (Horst) Melcher in Odessa. He married Bernice Lobe on August 21, 1949.

Ken retired in 2007 after a 60-year career of wheat farming in Odessa. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Frances and brother Robert. Ken is survived by his wife Bernice of 65 years, children Wes (Vickey) and Nancy (Karl); seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ken was a loving and caring husband, father and papa who will be greatly missed.

Ken was a member of Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church where he served on the Board of Trustees for many years. He built the Deutsches Fest booth and barbecued sausage and bratwurst for several years. Ken built and installed the bell tower at church, which still stands today. He was also a board member for the Odessa Trading Company for 20 years. Ken enjoyed farming and welding. He designed and built many hitches used to pull farm machinery for his own use and various other farmers in the area. He also designed and built a wrecker.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 4279 State Route 21 N, Odessa. Pastor Mark Squire will be officiating. Contributions may be made to Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.


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