AUCKERMAN, MEL "Uncle Mel" (Age 57) Passed away peacefully on May 13, 2010. Mel was born on November 18, 1952 in Greensburg PA and his family moved to Spokane in 1956. Mel met the love of his life in 1973 and they were married in 1987. Mel's love of auto racing influenced his life and family, beginning with his dad, continuing on with his brothers, mentoring his son, daughter and nephews, and leaves behind a live-and-well ongoing legacy with his grandchildren. He enjoyed racing in many different classes over the years, including demos, street and super stocks and Fever 4's. Mel also enjoyed bowling, both competitively and recreationally. He was able to travel the Northwest and was honored to be awarded the PBA Regional Rookie of the Year in 1988. Mel enjoyed life to its fullest every day. He loved and cherished his family and friends. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed, more than words can express. Mel is survived by his wife Ida, son Terry (Kristina), daughter Melanie (Myke), grandsons Austin, Brayden and Trystin, granddaughters Aaliyah and Terranne, mother Nellie, sister Nancy and brother Cal (Kathie). Other extended family includes numerous in-laws, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mel was preceded in death by his father Al, brothers Ron and Dave, sister Lynn and granddaughter Lexi. Visitation will be May 17th from 3-8 pm; May 18th and 19th from 12-8 pm at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N Pines. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 20th at Hazen & Jaeger. A celebration of Mel's life will be held at The Last Lap, 13524 E Sprague, following the service. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Mel's name at any Sterling Savings Bank.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from May 16 to May 20, 2010