Melvin LeRoy Allerheiligen, 84, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, KS.A funeral service was at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Palmer, KS. Pastor Tom Sahl officiated. Anita Singular was organist and played while the congregation sang, "Beautiful Savior", "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", and "Amazing Grace."Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Palmer. Pallbearers were Ryan Allerheiligen, Chad Allerheiligen, Ashley Allerheiligen, Justin Allerheiligen, Cameron Allerheiligen, Carly Allerheiligen, and Caden Allerheiligen. Honorary bearers were Dale Allerheiligen, Bill Holbrook and Mark Kenaston. Melvin was born on the Cohrsen Homestead, west of Hanover on January 28, 1930, to Roy and Martha (Cohrsen) Allerheiligen. He was baptized on February 23, 1930 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Hanover by Pastor Klinger. He was confirmed on April 2, 1944, also at Hanover. Melvin graduated from Hanover High School in 1947. On November 23, 1950 he was united in marriage to Lola Marie Struber at Zion Lutheran Church at Linn. They celebrated 63 years of marriage. Melvin and Lola lived numerous places in their early marriage then settled in Clifton, where they owned and operated a dry cleaning plant. They moved west of Linn to their farm in 1992, where they both enjoyed farming. Melvin worked as a rural mail carrier, making lots of friends along the route, until he retired in 1995. They joined the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer in November of 1959. Melvin held several offices and attended church conventions, which he thoroughly enjoyed. In his spare time, Melvin loved playing pool, cards and bowling. Attending baseball games and square dancing were also his favorite pastimes. He enjoyed traveling to Branson and taking bus trips. Melvin enjoyed being around his friends and loved to tell a joke or two. His grandchildren and attending their activities was important to him. Preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers-in-law, David Holbrook and Leroy Schaefer. Survivors include his wife, Lola; sons, Richard (Sue) Allerheiligen, Meridan, Randy (Patty) Allerheiligen, Topeka, Robert (Jamie) Allerheiligen, Keller, TX; sister, Marcella Holbrook (Norman Stewart), Washington; sisters-in-law, Lila Schaefer and Lorene (Bob) Kenaston, both of Linn; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Jennifer) Allerheiligen, Chad (Eva) Allerheiligen, Ashley Allerheiligen, Justin Allerheiligen, Cameron Allerheiligen, Carly Allerheiligen, and Caden Allerheiligen and six great grandchildren, Preston, Abigale, Michael, Peyton, Sophia, and Brooklyn. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home, Washington.
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