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Melvin Carl Koegeboehn

Melvin Carl Koegeboehn, 91, of Council Grove, Kansas, passed on from this life Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He was surrounded by family throughout his final days.

Melvin was born June 13, 1928, in his family’s home near Elmdale, Kansas, the son of Carl and Esther (Jacob) Koegeboehn. He graduated from Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls.

Melvin married Elizabeth Ford on April 8, 1951, in Marion. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator in Korea.

After returning home to Marion following the war, Melvin and Elizabeth later moved to Council Grove in 1955. They had three sons: Tracy, Daryl and Steven.

Melvin, or “Mel”, ran the Conoco gas station in Council Grove for several years before becoming a city letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Mel retired after delivering mail for 28 years. He continued a home improvement business that he started, specializing in storm doors and windows. Mel was very skilled and handed those skills on to his sons.

Mel served as an elder of their church, Calvary Lutheran, along with serving as a Lamplighter for Aid Association for Lutherans (Thrivent). He enjoyed being a long-time member of the Kiwanis organization and was responsible for the management of the Custer Elm Park in Council Grove.

Mel and his wife, Elizabeth, were a team in all walks of life. Whether in their own relationship, parenting, volunteering, or serving the Lord, they did it together and with great love.

Mel was kind, gentle, loving, generous, humble, and talented. He always wore a smile and cherished time with family.

Family get-togethers would not be complete without time spent playing Pitch, dominoes, or spoiling his grandchildren.

Mel was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; son, Daryl; and sister, Ruby Mueller.

He is survived by son, Tracy and his wife, Kim of Council Grove and grandson, Ryan Pickett of Omaha, Nebraska; son, Steven and his wife, Judy of Wichita and grandsons, Michael Koegeboehn of Paris, Texas, and Justin Koegeboehn of Manhattan, Kansas.

Mel is also survived by his brother, Raymond of Sedgwick, Kansas, and many extended family members.

A visitation for family and friends was scheduled at Calvary Lutheran Church, 715 East Main in Council Grove on Aug. 6, 2019.

Funeral services were Aug. 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, also in Council Grove.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church.

Last modified Aug. 8, 2019