NEW ULM - Melvin E. Wilfahrt, 80, of New Ulm, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Monsignor John A. Richter celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday and 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to: www.mvfh.org.
Melvin is survived by his wife, LeRone Wilfahrt of New Ulm; children, Barry (Roxanne) Wilfahrt of Grand Forks, N.D., David Wilfahrt of San Francisco, Calif., Lynn (Kent) Unke of Fairmont, Steven (Melonie) Wilfahrt of Jackson, Susan (Michael) Nardini of St. Michael; grandchildren, Ryan, Clay (Amber), Drew, and Wynne Wilfahrt, Reid (Crystal) Unke, Sarah (Michael) Quinzio, Beth (Brent) Byers, Alec Snyder, Sammuel Wilfahrt, Isabella and Gabriella Nardini; great-grandchildren, Sylvia and Maria Wilfahrt, Lauryn Unke, Ruby and Fletcher Byers; brother, Leo (Ruth) Wilfahrt of New Ulm; sisters-in-law, Barbara Wilfahrt of New Ulm, DeMaris Hauger of Springfield; and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wallace Wilfahrt; brother-in-law, Tony Hauger; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Frances Keckstein.
Melvin Edward Wilfahrt was born on April 3, 1933 in New Ulm to Charles and Anna (Kral) Wilfahrt. He attended school at Holy Trinity in New Ulm, graduating with the class of 1951. Melvin then furthered his education at St. John's University in Collegeville and Minnesota State University in Mankato. After his schooling, Melvin served for two years with the United States Army during the Korean War. On August 25, 1956 Melvin was united in marriage to LeRone Keckstein at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. Melvin worked at the Wilfahrt Brothers Hardware Store, Montgomery Ward, Goodyear Tire, Bauer Built, Ziegler, Inc., and for the Lyon County Co-op. Melvin enjoyed golf, playing cards, watching football and basketball, bowling, and square dancing with LeRone. He was also a past Grand Knight for the Fairmont area Knights of Columbus, Council 1575. Melvin was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm.
Memorials are preferred to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity or NUACS.