Melvin Edward Porter, 84, passed away Oct. 25, 2009, at the Elders Home in New York Mills.
He was born in Deer Creek Township, Otter Tail County on July 15, 1925 to Hartzel and Mertie (Lane) Porter.
Melvin attended the Spruce Lawn School that once stood west of Deer Creek. He served in the Army from 1954 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. Melvin was a farmer all of his life, farming with his dad and brothers in partnership, then on his own after the death of his father. Melvin had a real passion for horses and always had to have special ones for show. They were always trimmed and neat in appearance. He threshed and filled silo with a team of horses when the rest of the crew had tractors. He was a man for his neatness and always had to have everything looking its best.
Melvin loved and cherished all his nieces and nephews and always loved family gatherings to be able to see them, visit, and watch them grow up. He always got a sparkle in his eyes whenever they were around.
The past three years Melvin made his home at the Elders Home in New York Mills, but his interest was always in his farm, family, and friends. He will be sadly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Salem United Methodist Church in Deer Creek, with the Rev. Mark Bateson officiating. Military honors are being provided by the Edward Carlson Post 283, American Legion of Deer Creek. Interment is in Oak Hill Cemetery, along side his parents, in rural Deer Creek. Pallbearers are Jim Porter, Michael Porter, Terry Olson, Gary Edholm, Steven Loween, Kevin Olson, Scott Loween and Roger Porter. Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com).
Survivors include his sisters, Estella Loween of Wadena, Betty (Lawrence) Hanson of Austin, Doris Edholm of Hudson, Wis., and Vivian (Ronald) Olson of Clitherall; brother, Gerald (Peggy) Porter of Deer Creek; sister-in-law, Leona Porter of Deer Creek; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Ring, which he cherished with all his love.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; and an infant sister.