Melvin Baarson, 89, of Odin, was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Pleasantview Good Samaritan Society in St. James.
Melvin Baarson, 89, of Odin, was called to his eternal rest on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at Pleasantview Good Samaritan Society in St. James. A Celebration of Life Services for Melvin will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin with Rev. Carla Reierson Officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Odin with full Military honors by the Donald V. Larson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9607 of Butterfield. Visitation will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont and one hour prior to the services at the Church on Tuesday. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Melvin Baarson was born on August 12, 1924 to Oscar and Jane (Anderson) Baarson in Watonwan County, Minnesota. He was received into the Kingdom of God through Holy Baptism on October 26, 1924. Mel received his education in District #12 country school in Long Lake Township. Mel entered the United States Army on March 29, 1945 and served until his honorable discharge on October 4, 1946. After his return home from the Army, Mel was employed at the Odin Feed Mill for Bill Cassem and Lyman Fox until he purchased it. On April 25, 1970, he was united in marriage to Maxine Nelson at Zion Lutheran Church in Odin, Minnesota. He owned the Feed Mill from 1972 until 1980 then sold it to Arvid Laingen who he continued to work for awhile. In the early 90's he started hanging out and became part-time delivery man and handy man for Leverson Furniture Store until they closed in 2009. Melvin was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Donald V. Larson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9607 of Butterfield. Melvin's hobbies-pastimes included playing cards, horseshoes, luck box, riding his bike, telling "stories" and talking about the past. He loved to fish and hunt especially pheasants which he mastered frying to perfection after Maxine was gone. Maxine and Mel loved to garden and always froze lots of sweet corn. He loved to keep his lawn meticulous and his driveway free of snow. Mel loved his "couch" at the feed mill and spent many hours on it. He loved watching sporting events and played on the original Odin Fast Pitch Softball Team for many years and was an avid bowler for many teams including his own. He loved spending time at the farm helping with fall work, watching kids or just hanging out. Also doing chores for both Matt and Merle. He loved kids and did his share of watching the Andersons, Svallands and Stades, he was a Grandpa to them all. He especially loved and waited for the visits and time spent with his Oklahoma family, the Nelsons, Maxines son, Milton and wife, Jo. Melvin loved being first whether it was first in line, first in games, first at the store in the morning, first to church, first to eat or first to any event or open house so he could sign up first for drawings and if ever asked to do something or go someplace he'd always answer, "nah"I got a "deal going on".
Survivors include his step-son, Milton (Josephine) Nelson of Ft. Gibson, Okla.; step-grandson, Mike (Shelly) Nelson of Ft. Gibson, Okla.; three step-great-grandchildren, Trey, Bailee and Mandi; sisters, Pearl Steinveg of Blue Island, Ill., Myrtle (Elmer) Gerdes of Manson, Iowa; brother, Olgar (Florence) Baarson of Odin; two step-daughters, Linda and Amy; sister-in-law, Ardyce "Shorty" Vold of Windom; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maxine; step-son, Michael Nelson; sisters, Inga, Josephine, Doris and Hazel; brothers, Carl Baarson, John "Albert" Baarson; brothers- and sisters-in-law; and other relatives.