THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dean Melin, 85, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec.18 at the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Hospital in Iron Mountain.
Born Jan.15, 1928 in Aurora, son of the late Ragnar and Eva (Provencher) Melin, he graduated from Kingsford High School in 1946 and enlisted in the United States Army. He married Vivian Anderson on Aug. 19, 1950 in Iron Mountain.
He worked various jobs including the Niagara Mill, Wisconsin Highway Patrol and was a truck driver and dispatcher for Clairmont Transfer in Iron Mountain. A member of the Florence County Board for six years, he was a Past Master of the Hiram D. Fisher Masonic Lodge No. 222 of Florence. He loved playing his guitar, singing country music and had his own country band. He was an avid college football fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup, working with his tractors, socializing with family and friends at his West Bass Lake cabin and was an avid college football fan.
He is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Vivian; two sons, Rodger (Marcia) Melin, Burnsville, Minn. and David (Else) Melin, Iron Mountain, Mi.; a daughter, Debbie (Mark) Albright, Green Bay; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon and Ragnar Melin and a granddaughter, Erin Melin.
In accordance with his wishes, a graveside memorial celebration will be held in May. Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is assisting the family with arrangements.