Mel C. Sandvig, recently of Ripon, passed away on July 22, 2013 at Prarie Place in Ripon. He was born May 10, 1925 to Edwin and Flora (Pieper) Sandvig in Eveleth, MN. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1943. Mel Joined the US Army Ordinance Corp in 1943, proudly serving in World War II until 1946. On July 7, 1951, he Married Betty Hoeft in Wausau, where the couple made their home until moving to Plymouth in 1962. Mel was employed at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution for over 20 years. Betty and Mel also operated the Montgomery Ward Catalogue Agency in Plymouth for three years. Mel Managed the downtown apartment building they lived in for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Along with Betty, Mel was one of the founding members of the Plymouth Association for Retarded Citizens, established Hilltop Manor, a group home for the developmentally disabled in Plymouth, which provided a home for many people. They were leaders in getting private education for the developmentally disabled in the Plymouth area, which eventually forced the Plymouth School District into accepting the responsibility in providing this education. They were also instrumental in getting needed changes and reform in many State Institutions. Mel was a member of the Plymouth VFW. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1999, two sons, Mark Sandvig in 1976, and Kipp Sandvig in2012, both parents, and granddaughter Melissa Hanson in 2002, sister, Jane Merriman, and one infant brother, Robert Jerome Sandvig. Mel is survived by two sons, Rick (Marybeth) Sandvig, Milwaukee, and Dean (Karen) Sandvig, Menasha, one daughter, Loni (Steven) Wendt, Waupun, ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother-in-law, Robert (Margaret) Hoeft, Vancouver Washington. Services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the chapel at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau with visitation starting at 1:00 pm until the time of service at 2:00 pm. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at jjbfh.com.
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on July 24, 2013