Melvin L. Flemmer
Ames - Melvin L. Flemmer, age 92, of Ames, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Israel Family Hospice House.
Friends may call from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the Adams Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Bethesda Lutheran Church. The funeral service will be livestreamed and a link will be provided on the Tribute Wall of Mel's obituary on the Adams Funeral Home website. Burial will be in the Ames Municipal Cemetery. Face masks and social distancing will be required at all services.
Born on May 30, 1928 in Walworth County, South Dakota, Mel was the son of John and Mathilda (Pleinis) Flemmer. He graduated from Selby High School in 1946. Mel served in the United States Army from February of 1951 until his discharge in February of 1953.
Mel was united in marriage to LaVerna V. Baer on June 1, 1952 in Bowdle, South Dakota; To this union, they welcomed three children: Dwight, Todd and Julie. The couple moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where Mel attended South Dakota State University. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and remained a loyal Jack Rabbit til the end.
Following his graduation, Mel and LaVerna moved to Ames. Mel worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation as a Structural Engineer in Bridge Design for 36 years. He retired on June 30, 1993. Mel was also a life-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineering.
Whether he was designing bridges, houses, decks, cabinetry or a contraption to make a task like hanging Christmas lights easier, he was truly in his element. He loved drawing up the plans and then would put on his carpenter's apron and make it a reality. He helped design and worked on all of his kids' homes, and enjoyed doing projects for family and friends. Mel was a meticulous engineer and he prized perfection in craftsmanship. His high school class motto was "The best is none too good". He did his best to live up to that motto in every endeavor.
He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames where he was very involved in the Church Council and various committees. He enjoyed volunteering at church, and in the Food Shelf ministry in particular. Mel was an avid golfer, loved a good card game and was a master caramel corn confectioner.
He was never too busy to show up for family, friends and neighbors. He would happily help complete a project, celebrate holidays & milestones, swell with pride at all our accomplishment large and small. He quietly gave support and comfort in a time of need. His genuine, servant's heart will be missed.
Mel is survived by his children: Dwight (Kay) Flemmer of Polk City, Todd Jay (Sandra) Flemmer of Huxley, and Julie (Derek) Stratton of Pella; twelve grandchildren: David (Erin) Flemmer, Valerie (James) Brookes, Todd Michel (Bobbi) Flemmer, Tim Flemmer, Shawn (Erica) Morgan, Shane Morgan, Rocky (Erin) Smith, Jack Stratton, Rachael Stratton, Justin Stratton, Betsy Stratton, Mary (Ben) Roedl; fourteen great-grandchildren: Avery, Reagan, Nolan, Graham, Dylan, Andrew, Reece, Michaela, Zander, Calley, Shayne, Caden, and Grayson; two great-great-grandchildren: AJ and Nevaeh; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, LaVerna in 2016; a great-grandson, Gage Morgan; sisters: Irene Holzworth, Mildred Wilcox, Ruby Cole, and Elaine Fernelius; and brothers: Harland Flemmer, Gordon Flemmer, and Wayne Flemmer.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Mel's family at www.adamssoderstrum.com
. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mel's name may be directed to Bethesda Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.