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1/21/2014 12:09:00 PM
Melvin Ohlendorf
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Melvin G. Ohlendorf, 92, of Ottawa died Jan. 18, 2014, in Ottawa Pavilion.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Mueller Funeral Home, Ottawa. The Rev. John Nordstrom, pastor of Christ Community Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Ottawa Avenue Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday in the funeral home.

Melvin was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Ottawa to George and Frances (Fishburn) Ohlendorf. He married Margaret Simons on July 10, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas; she died on Jan. 13, 2009.

He was a 1939 graduate of Ottawa Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He owned and operated Ottawa Engine Parts from 1958-1995. Melvin was a member of the Occidental Lodge 40 A.F. and A.M. He co-founded Streator Auto Parts, Ottawa Engine Parts and Henry Automotive (NAPA).

Survivors are two children, Rebecca (Wayne) Foster of Grand Ridge and James Francis (Alice) Ohlendorf of Ottawa; two grandchildren, Kate Ellen Vaughn and Joseph (Emily) Wayne Foster; a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie; four stepgrandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; and two brothers, Louis (Norma) Ohlendorf and Earl Ohlendorf.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; three sisters, Mildred, Shirley and Beverly; and a brother, Robert.

Pallbearers will be Tom Dudak, Mike White, Joe Foster, Tom Reynolds, Scott Roix and Dwayne Cronkright.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kate Vaughn, Jennifer Grieves, Jan Zachary and Emily and Mackenzie Foster.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Ottawa Elks Children Charities.

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