Dave Wallace “Mel”
1928 – 2013
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearest Dave “Mel” Melvin on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He was born on July 12, 1928 in Wainwright, AB to Milo and Dora Melvin (nee Pfenning). Dave moved out on his own when he was 15 years old and while playing in the Salvation Army youth band met his lifelong friend Walt Sandford. Dave entered the Canadian Navy and served on the HMCS Crescent and the HMCS Iroquois. While in the Navy, Dave met the love of his life, Millie Chambers, in Victoria, B.C. They married December 7, 1949. After they married the couple moved to Alberta and eventually settled in Stettler where they opened, and operated, Mel’s Shoes for 25 years. After selling Mel’s Shoes in 1978, Dave went to work for Westward Parts (Red Deer) who he travelled for until retiring. The couple moved to Riondel, B.C. in 1994 where they lived until he experienced a stroke in February of this year. As someone who lived a life following Jesus, he looked forward to Heaven. His wife and children were at his side listening to a song of worship and celebration at the moment that he stepped from this world to the next. The family would like to thank Dr. Nav Rattan and the nurses, therapists and staff on Units 33 and 35 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for the excellent care received. Dave is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Millie, two sons Budd (Maureen) and Darrel (Bonny), one daughter Margie, (Kevin Jeffrey) and one sister Joyce Rogers. Also to cherish Dave’s memory are his wonderful grandchildren, Jeremie, Ryan, Lacey, Cori, Joel, Tim, Stephen and Amy, his great grandchildren, Shea, Autumn, Colton and Rylee, as well as numerous other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Victor Melvin and infant sister Dorothy. A celebration of Dave’s life was held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 67A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations in honor of Dave may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, #202 5913 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 4C4.
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Arrangements in care of Joelle Valliere, Funeral Director at
PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM
6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040