WINTHROP - Melvin C. Fank, 81, of Winthrop, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home near Winthrop.
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Melvin was born on Nov. 29, 1929, in Dyersville, the son of Charles J. and Evelyn E. (Haas) Fank.
In 1932 he moved with his family to Alden, and in 1934 to Earlville, where he attended the Earlville Schools. In 1951 the family moved to the Winthrop area.
On Feb. 3, 1953 he entered the U.S. Army serving as a Corporal until his discharge on Jan. 28, 1955 at which time he returned to farm with his parents near Winthrop.
On Sept. 20, 1956 he married Jean Walderbach at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, and the couple farmed near Winthrop.
He was a lifetime member of the Winthrop American Legion Post, the Independence V.F.W. Post and the 772nd Military Police Battalion Veterans.
He is survived by five children; John (Dixie) Fank, Walker, Mary (Louie) Kacere, Jr., Cedar Rapids, Ron (Polly) Fank, Independence, Gary (Michele) Fank, Winthrop, and Dianne (Robert Slocum) Fank, Aurora, and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean Fank in 2009, and a brother Reynold Fank in 2008.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, Aug. 26, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Winthrop, with burial in the St. Patrick's' Catholic Cemetery.
Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory of Winthrop was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 26 to Sept. 26, 2011