Donald Melius 1938-2014
Donald Wilson Melius, 75 of Faulkton, died at home with family on New Year’s morning, January 1st, 2013. He had just spent the holidays with all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the United Church of Faulkton with Pastor Bill Hoffman officiating.
Don was born on October 22, 1938 to Royal and Holly (Pritchard) Melius in Faulk County, SD. He was a graduate of Faulkton High School and worked with his father on the family farm. He served in the army from 1961 to 1963 and then returned to farming. His three sons joined him in his passion for farming and ranching, working side by side through good times and bad.
Don enjoyed his retirement years doing what he loved most …riding horses, farming part-time, hunting and spending time with his grand kids.
He is survived by his sons Dan (Susan) of Miranda, S. Dak., Mitch of North Platte, Neb., and Matt (Sara) of Minnetrista, Minn.; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his siblings Sally (Bob) Dambacher and Jim (Ellen) Melius.
He was a true cowboy and a favorite of his grandchildren: David, Heidi, Ty, Jake (Dan/Susan); Jessica, Emilee (Mitch); and Jamie, Spencer, Siara, Emma, Isabella, Lila (Matt/Sara) and great grandchildren Darin, Memphys, and Hayli (David/Janet) and Case (Heidi/Josh).
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Donald’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)