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Published September 28, 2012, 01:25 PM

Raymond Edward Melheim

The Rev. Raymond Edward Melheim died in his sleep on Thursday, September 27, at Eventide Nursing Home in Jamestown, ND. Born on May 19, 1920, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Martin and Mary Melheim, Ray grew up on top of the Morningside hill and attended Joy School with a “gang” of friends in a day when “gang” was a good word. He was working as a fireman on the railroad when WWII started. Ray enlisted in the Army on May 27, 1942, and fought with the 81st Division (Wildcat Brigade) in the South Pacific Theater for 3 1/2 years. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Philippines, the Battles of Leyte and Peleliu, and took part in the occupation of Japan following the war. He earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return stateside, he graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, received a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1951.

While on internship in Chetek, WI, he met his love, a farmer’s daughter, Kathryn Lenbom of Chetek, WI and married her on August 26, 1951. For thirty-eight years they served Christ’s church with a love for people and a zeal for missions. Ray enjoyed knocking on doors, telling stories, planting gardens, and dragging stray students, visitors and widowed folks home for Sunday dinners in Souris, ND, Dilworth, MN, Williston, ND, and Parshall, ND.

Raymond Edward Melheim

The Rev. Raymond Edward Melheim died in his sleep on Thursday, September 27, at Eventide Nursing Home in Jamestown, ND. Born on May 19, 1920, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Martin and Mary Melheim, Ray grew up on top of the Morningside hill and attended Joy School with a “gang” of friends in a day when “gang” was a good word. He was working as a fireman on the railroad when WWII started. Ray enlisted in the Army on May 27, 1942, and fought with the 81st Division (Wildcat Brigade) in the South Pacific Theater for 3 1/2 years. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Philippines, the Battles of Leyte and Peleliu, and took part in the occupation of Japan following the war. He earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, a Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon his return stateside, he graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, received a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1951.

While on internship in Chetek, WI, he met his love, a farmer’s daughter, Kathryn Lenbom of Chetek, WI and married her on August 26, 1951. For thirty-eight years they served Christ’s church with a love for people and a zeal for missions. Ray enjoyed knocking on doors, telling stories, planting gardens, and dragging stray students, visitors and widowed folks home for Sunday dinners in Souris, ND, Dilworth, MN, Williston, ND, and Parshall, ND.

Rev. Melheim was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn, and is survived by two daughters, Ruth Brubakken of Jamestown, ND, and Karen Brevig, Wake Forest, NC; one son, the Rev. Rich Melheim of Stillwater, MN; and five grandchildren; Clinton Brevig, ChrisDee Brevig Scott, Kathryn Melheim, Joseph Melheim and John Brubakken.

Visitation is scheduled Saturday, September 29 from 5 - 7 pm at Korsmo Funeral Chapel of Moorhead. The funeral will be held Sunday, September 30 at 4:30 pm at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church of Moorhead. A private internment for family members is planned for Monday morning at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be given to the Christian Mission of your choice in their honor.

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