Melvin A. Hagenbuch

WALTHAM TWP. - Melvin A. Hagenbuch, 95, of Waltham Township, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2019 at Liberty Village, Peru. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Waltham Presbyterian Church with Rev. Joel Stevenor, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Waltham Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the church. Arrangements were handled by the Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa.

Melvin was born Jan. 14, 1924 to Charles and Cora (Bartlett) Hagenbuch at the Waltham home in which he lived almost his entire life. He married Ardelle Marie Munson on Dec. 11, 1948 and they were married for 69 years before her death on July 11, 2018.

Survivors include one son, David (Cynthia) Hagenbuch; one daughter, Diane (David Williamson) Hagenbuch of Waynesville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Tyler (Jamie Citron) Hagenbuch of Chicago, Travis Hagenbuch of Portland, Ore. and Tahnee (Nathan) Steinkamp of Albers; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Duttlinger and Ruth Ann Strong; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Charles B. Hagenbuch and Glenn E. Hagenbuch; five brothers-in-law, Duane, Wesley and Warren Munson, Sidney Duttlinger and Robert Strong; and four sisters-in-law, Margery Jansen, Joan, Grace and Janet Munson.

Melvin was a graduate of LaSalle Peru High School and was a life-long farmer on his treasured 165-year old family farm. He was an able steward, always giving back more to the land than taken. Greatly respected throughout LaSalle County, and by friends and family, he was admired for his integrity, kindness and strength of spirit. In his retirement, he loved to garden and travel with his wife throughout all 50 states. He was a life-long member of the Waltham Presbyterian Church, serving in numerous capacities, and was the master of the Waltham Lodge 384 AF&AM during its 1963 centennial year. He also was active in ag extension, pork producers, and farm co-operatives.

Memorials may be directed to Waltham Presbyterian Church, Mendota Area Senior Services or the donor’s choice.

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