Melvin Barchet (1916 - 2010)

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Melvin J. Barchet, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 20, 2010, at the age of 94.
Mel was born July 17, 1916, to Albert and Margaret Barchet.
He was a farmer, a school bus driver and was elected German Township Trustee/Assessor for many years. When he was Trustee, he was very instrumental in the planning and building of Cynthia Heights Elementary School that was completed in 1955.
He played a key role in the organization of German Township Booster Club and fire department; and was a member of St. Paul's Church in German Township, R-Men's Varsity Club and Eagles. Mel enjoyed gardening and hunting, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Florence Barchet; and four brothers. Surviving are son, Ralph Barchet (Betty); granddaughters, Lisa O'Reilly (John) and Barbara Hoover (Bill); great-grandchildren, Luke Hoover, Claire O'Reilly, Owen O'Reilly and Paige Hoover; four nieces; and six nephews.
Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at Alexander West Chapel, officiated by Rev. Nancy Johnston, with burial at Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Columbia Healthcare.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 8701 Big Cynthiana Road, Evansville, IN 47720. Condolences may be made online at

Published in Courier Press on Aug. 22, 2010
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