Melvin Furlong, 86, of Camp-bellsport, was called to his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 17, 2006.
He was the oldest son of James and Esther Lade Furlong, born Feb. 7, 1920 on the farm where he spent most of his life.
When his parents moved to Fond du Lac, Melvin attended Jefferson School.
At age 17, Melís grandmother needed him to do milking and chores on the farm, so he commuted to Fond du Lac High school each day in his Model A, graduating in 1937.
Then he continued farming full time.
On June 29, 1941, Melvin married Jean Fitzimons in Oshkosh. She died in 1951.
He married Alice Schuppel Boegel on Sept. 3, 1965 at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, Kewaskum.
Mel was an agent for Rural Mutual Insurance starting in 1959. About 10 years later, a part-time hobby of training and racing harness horses at fairs turned into his fulltime occupation when he took his horses to race at Maywood Park and other Illinois tracks.
His best pacer was Bingo Byrd.
When Mel was 62, he sold his last horse to the Amish.
Mel was a member of the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association, where he had served as president when it was called Wisconsin Breeders.
He had also been chairman of the Auburn Planning Commis-sion and a member of the St. Lucas Church Council.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of over 40 years, Alice; and his children, Jay (Marilyn) of Fond du Lac, Linda (Tom) Robey of Helotus, Texas and Ronald (Jane) of Plymouth, Minn.; also his stepchildren, Charles (Mary) Boegel of Kewaskum, Virginia (Charles) Ketter of Eden and Sheila (Allan) Strean of Fond du Lac.
He was grandpa Mel to Kate (Vince) Conley of Minnetonka, Minn., Sarah Robey of Dallas, Laura (Edwin) Reed of Bentonville, Ark., Kelly (Matt) Mohammed, Kay Furlong and Kurt Furlong, all of Fond du Lac, Christina (Aaron) Priepke of Eden, Jesse Boegel of Kewaskum, Airman Keith Boegel of Travis AFB, Calif. and Seth Strean and Ryan Strean, both of Fond du Lac; and great-grandchildren, Grace Conley and Cullen and Carson Priepke.
He is also survived by a dear sister, Dottie Lathangue of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gaile (Helen) and Gordon Furlong; a daughter, Susan; and two infant sons
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at St. Lucas Ev. Lutheran Church, Kewaskum.
Rev. Timothy Henning will officiate, and inurnment will be at a later date in Union Cemetery, Campbellsport.
Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3 p.m. until time of services.
Memorials are appreciated to St. Lucas Church or the charity of the donorís choice.
The Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is serving the family.