Dean Melin

AURORA, Wis. – Dean Melin, 85, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Hospital.

Dean was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Aurora, son of the late Ragnar and Eva (Provencher) Melin. He graduated from Kingsford High School, class of 1946, and later went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

Dean married Vivian Anderson on Aug. 19, 1950, in Iron Mountain.

He worked various jobs during his lifetime, including the Niagara Mill and Wisconsin Highway Patrol, and was a truck driver and dispatcher for Clairmont Transfer in Iron Mountain.

Dean served on the Florence County Board for six years and was a Past Master of the Hiram D. Fisher Masonic Lodge 222, Florence, Wis.

He loved playing his guitar and singing country music and had his own country band. Dean enjoyed socializing with family and friends at his West Bass Lake cabin. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup, working with his tractors and was an avid college football fan.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of over 63 years, Vivian; two sons, Rodger (Marcia) Melin, Burnsville, Minn., and David (Else) Melin, Iron Mountain; one daughter, Debbie (Mark)Albright, Green Bay, Wis.; four grandchildren, Collette (Richard) Bassi, Elko New Market, Minn., Caleb (Bobbie) Melin, Elko New Market, Stacy (Bryan) Mielke, Elysian, Minn., Lindsay Albright, Green Bay; nine great-grandchildren, Eva, Georgia and Cooper Bassi, Jack and Jaira Gardner, Jacelyn Melin and David, Rachel and Riley Mielke.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon and Ragnar Melin; and one granddaughter, Erin Melin.

In accordance with Dean’s wishes a graveside memorial celebration will be held in May 2014.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Community Living Center at the V.A. Medical Center for their exceptional and compassionate care during his final days.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain to honor Dean’s legacy of life.