Fairbanks resident Melvin A. Malde, 101, of Fairbanks, died peacefully at home, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.
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Born July 31, 1911, in Poulsbo, Wash., he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines at 18, and traveled the world in the late 1920s on the train to join two of his brothers in Alaska.
He worked in Haycock outside Nome as a drift miner for three years. Drafted into the Army in 1940, he served at Ladd Field, now Fort Wainwright, during World War II. After the war, he continued working at the Fort Wainwright power plant with civil service, retiring in 1972.
Melvin used his self-taught skills as a carpenter and mechanic to build his home in the 1950s and continued its upkeep and renovations until several years ago. He was independent, hardworking, and always giving a helping hand to others.
He is survived by his children and their families, Joel (Carol) Westerlund, of Salcha, Melva (Nelson) Traverso, of Fairbanks, and Jerry (Mirtes) Malde of Lacey, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.
At his request, there will not be a memorial service. He will be buried in June at Manley Hot Springs next to his wife, Diana, to whom he was married to for more than 50 years.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 18, 2012