Melo, Harlan LeRoy (1921-2011)

Harlan Melo, age 90, died on Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls, MN.

Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Westaker Lutheran Church, Newfolden, MN with Pastor Phil Rokke officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Newfolden, MN.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Harlan LeRoy Melo was born March 10, 1921 in Argyle, MN, the son of Conrad and Inga (Hanson) Melo. He was baptized on July 11, 1921 by Reverend Theodore Myhre in the Evangelical Free Church. Harlan was later confirmed as a young man. He attended country school through 8th grade and then attended Newfolden High School, graduating in 1939.

Following high school Harlan helped his father on the farm. On March 3, 1945 he proudly entered the Service with the United States Army. He served during the Korean Conflict as a cook, performing the duties in the A-PTO as a member of the 257th Replacement Company, 1st Replacement Battalion. Harlan supervised 8 enlisted cooks and 35 enlisted kitchen police in the functioning of a general mess hall. Harlan and his men supervised the preparation of three meals per day, all courses for up to 5500 personnel. He was honorably discharged on October 21, 1946.

When Harlan returned from the service, he farmed with his father near Newfolden, MN. It was during this time that he started dating Doreen Anderson. After a few years he was able to move to his own farm in New Main Township, Marshall County. On November 20, 1953 he and Doreen were united in marriage at the Lutheran Free Church in Newfolden, MN. The couple made their home on Harlan’s farm. They were blessed with three children: Lynn, Darla, and Jeff.

For several years after their marriage Harlan worked for the Successful Farming Magazine as a salesman. All throughout his adult life, Harlan enjoyed playing music and was a member of area bands, including “The Northern Lights.”

On October 20, 1966, Harlan and his family moved to his father’s farm. In 1994 Doreen passed away. Harlan continued to live there until 1997, then moved to Newfolden. For the last 7 ½ years he has resided at the Thief River Care Center.

Some of Harlan’s favorite pastimes include listening to the “Trumpet of Truth,” every Sunday evening on the local radio station, playing bingo, listening to music, and watching Wheel of Fortune. When he was farming, Harlan’s biggest passion was his animals. He had a great love for all animals, taking excellent care of every one of them. His children and grandchildren were very important to him and were a great source of pride.

Survivors include his children, Lynn (Lynette) Melo of Champlin, MN, Darla (Frank) Scouten of Zimmerman, MN, Jeffrey (Terri) of Wyoming , MN; grandchildren, Joshua Melo of Duluth, MN, Jeremy Melo of Champlin, MN, currently serving in Kuwait, Nicholas Scouten of Elk River, MN, Joseph Scouten of Minneapolis, MN, Andrew Scouten of Zimmerman, MN, Sean Winters of Alliance, NE, and Matthew Melo, Forest Lake, MN; brothers, Vergil Melo of Fargo, ND, and Merle Melo of Richfield, MN, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Harlan in death is his wife, Doreen; his parents; brother, Wendell Melo, and sister, Madell Melo.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky