SPRINGVALE — Melvin R. Christopher, 72, of Springvale, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the H.D. Goodall Hospital in Sanford.
Melvin was born on Feb. 25, 1940, to Burnis and Alma (Tinsdelle) Christopher in Loveland, Colo., where he grew up and attended local schools. He graduated in 1958 from Englewood High School.
In 1962, he married Louise Beauregard, and together they raised three children.
Melvin served in the U.S. Navy
during the Vietnam conflict aboard the U.S.S. Lake Champlain and the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk.
Melvin and his family moved to Sanford in 1979.
He was employed for 19 years at Pratt & Whitney.
He was a member of the Sanford Elks Lodge
, the Springvale Knights of Columbus, and the Mix and Mingles Square Dance Club and had been a former member of the VFW
He was a communicant of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church, in Springvale.
Melvin could do virtually anything he wanted to do with his hands. He enjoyed woodworking, crewel work and working with leather. At one point he even built his own television, which his family used for many years. He used his woodworking skills to make cradles for all of his granddaughters and wooden toys for his grandchildren.
Melvin enjoyed camping and traveling to many different places to attend square dances and visit relatives. He and his wife would often take off on long drives with no particular destination.
Melvin was a very outgoing man with many friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Melvin was predeceased by his daughter, Nadine Merrill.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Louise Christopher, of Springvale; two daughters, Monique Normandeau and her husband, Roger, of Springvale and Judy Coyle and her husband, Chris, of Springvale; his son-in-law, Merle Merrill; nine grandchildren, Ryan Normandeau and his wife, Emily, Amy Normandeau, Christopher Merrill, Amanda Merrill, Megan Sweet and her husband, Gary, Nicholas Brochu, Rachel Normandeau, Audrey Brochu and Makenzie Coyle; five great grandchildren; four siblings, Ruby Kennedy, of Loveland, Colo., Millie Christopher, of Kansas, Raymond Christopher and his wife, Mary, of Thornton, Colo., and Helen Espinoza and her husband, David, of Thornton, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Lainhart, of Cumberland, R.I.; two brothers-in-law, Rene Beauregard and his wife, Tulri, and Denny Beauregard, all of North Carolina.
Visitation was on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home at 580 Main Street in Springvale. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 1, at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Notre Dame Church, in Springvale. Interment followed at Notre Dame Cemetery in Springvale.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Elks National Foundation, c/o the Sanford Elks, P.O. Box 624, Sanford, Maine 04073, or the
, New England Division, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 04086.
To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com