Melvin L. Nickel, 81

Melvin L. Nickel, 81, a devoted servant of God, was called to his eternal home on Aug. 10, 2010, in Apache Junction, Ariz.

He was born on the family farm in the town of Wayne on March 9, 1929, to the late Robert and Leonora (nee Pamperin) Nickel. Melvin was baptized and became a child of God on March 11, 1929.

Melvin was united in marriage to Betty Sterr on Sept. 3, 1950, at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Knowles.

He farmed for many years and later worked in livestock feed sales. In 1988 he moved to Arizona for health reasons.

He is survived by Betty Nickel of West Bend; seven children, Carol (Dennis) Moehr of Hartford, Laurie (Mark) Janke of Allenton, Randy (Terri) Nickel of Fond du Lac, Nancy (friend, Barry Wolfe) Luther of Morgantown, W.V., Penny (Mark) Bamke of Slinger, Bonnie (John) Scott of Campbellsport and Bruce (Darlene) Nickel of West Bend; grandchildren, Cindi Hetzer, Julie Wilkinson, Andy Raasch, Ryan, Shelly and Andrea Janke, Valerie Bodden, Angela Oaks, Stacy Appell, Jessica Merriman, Collin and Ethan Bamke, Kellsie Scott, Abigale and Natalie Nickel; along with 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marcella Christian of Mayville and Arlene (Marvin) Rusch of Jackson; a brother, Roland Nickel of Theresa; three sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry; a sister, Evelyn Christian; three sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

In honor of Melvin’s wishes, a private memorial service will be held for the family. The Rev. Steve Bode and Joshua Bodden will officiate.

Memorials to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allenton, are appreciated by the family.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1-21.

Myrhum ~ Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.