Melvin Terrell Sinex
Melvin Sinex was born on November 10, 1920 in Auburn, Washington to Ford and Clara (Heisserman) Sinex. He grew up in their house at the end of East Main Street with his brother, Bob, and sister, Juanita. He graduated from Auburn High School and then attended Pacific Lutheran College and North Pacific College of Dentistry. Mel married Beulah "Johnnie" Johnson in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1945. After serving as a dentist in the Navy, he opened his dental office on Main Street in Auburn. He continued to practice dentistry in Auburn for over 30 years. Mel and Johnnie raised three girls, and lived a lifetime of service to their church, Messiah Lutheran, and to the community. Mel was a loyal member of Kiwanis and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. He was on the Auburn School Board for 13 years, a long time board member of the Auburn Respite Program, and friend to the White River Valley Museum. He loved his family and his friends, and his house was forever full of children and grandchildren. He died peacefully surrounded by his girls on Wednesday, April 24th in the home on "J" Street that he loved. He is survived by his daughters and their families: Janice and Casey Olinger; Linda and Warren Bieker; and Leslie and Bob Larson; as well as grandchildren and spouses: Michael and Stephanie Leeper; Mary Beth Leeper; Anne and Mike Miller; John and Ashley Bieker; Joel and Mindy Bieker; Mary Jo Bieker; Sarah and Jason Fent; and Rebecca Larson; and three great-grandchildren: Tommy and Morgan Leeper; and Emrie Miller.
Services will be at Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn on Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 am. Donations can be made to the White River Valley Museum or to Messiah Lutheran Church.