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Melvin H. ‘Mel’ Kaehler — Rochester

ROCHESTER — The funeral for Melvin H. "Mel" Kaehler was today at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Fairmount, N.D. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Fairmount.

Mr. Kaehler, 77, formerly of Rochester, died Friday (Sept. 21, 2007) at his home in Fairmount.

Melvin Harvey Kaehler was born Nov. 30, 1929, in Hancock, Minn., where he grew up and attended country school. He farmed with his father, and on Sept. 28, 1951, married Joyce Thompson in Correll, Minn. Following their marriage, he entered the Army and served until 1953. He then served in the National Guard until 1959. After his discharge, they lived in the Morris, Minn., area until moving to the Rochester area in 1960. In 1972 they moved to North Dakota and settled in Fairmount in 1980.

Mr. Kaehler ran a construction company until his retirement. He traveled between Fairmount and Texas for several years after he retired. He was a member and past commander of Fairmount American Legion Post 106, and was a member of the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Survivors include five sons, Leroy (Beverly) of Kasson, Roland (Marilyn) of Dover, Dean of Wahpeton, N.D., Craig (Susan) of Fairmount and Daren (Jessica) of Breckenridge, Minn.; two daughters, Ruth (Leonard) Noel of Fairmount and Catherine Nebben of Brainerd, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, LaVonne (Don) Haugen of Breezy Point, Minn., and Donna McNair of Redwood Falls, Minn. He was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 19, 1992, a brother and a great-granddaughter.

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Frank Family Funeral Home of Hankinson, N.D., assisted with arrangements.

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