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Melvin Sumner Tonge

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EUNICE, N.M. Melvin Sumner Tonge, 91, of Eunice, passed away on August 7th, 2013. Born October 27th, 1921, in Chester, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Chester, PA High School in 1939. Upon graduation from high school he served 7 years in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in Hobbs he met and married Sue Brock, his wife of 56 years before her death in 2003.
Melvin was employed as an electrician for Warren Petroleum for 40 years and retired as the field supervisor in Eunice.
He served as Mayor of Eunice from 1990-91 and was the Treasurer of the American Legion for many years until his death. Mel will be remembered for his hard work, honesty, friendliness and love of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Visitation was held at Calvary Funeral Home in Eunice, NM, on Thursday, August, 8th. A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, August 9th, at 10 am at Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice.
He is survived by a son, Walt Tonge of Odessa, TX, daughters, Terri Massengill of Abilene, TX, and Kathy Sherrets of Strasburg, OH, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Published in Odessa American on Aug. 9, 2013
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