Melvin A. Masemann
August 28, 1926 ~ September 7, 2013
Melvin A. Masemann, age 87, of Alta Vista, IA, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Linn Haven Rehab and Health Care in New Hampton, IA. Melvin Alfred Masemann was born August 28, 1926, the son of Fred and Edna (Shuhert) Masemann on a farm near Alta Vista, IA. He was baptized October 3, 1926 at Zion Lutheran Church and remained an active member of the Lutheran faith throughout his life. He graduated in 1943 from Alta Vista High School. On April 28, 1956, he was united in marriage to Marion Jeane Stueber and they later divorced. He resided in the Alta Vista area throughout his lifetime where he was actively engaged in farming. Melvin is a Korean War veteran having served his country as a light anti-aircraft artillery fire control crewman from 1953-1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal during his time of service. He was very proud that he was able to march as a veteran in the Memorial Day parade for 49 consecutive years after his discharge. Melvin was actively involved in Farm Bureau, having served as a Farm Bureau president. He was a member of the Chickasaw County Republican Party and a life-long member of Zion Lutheran Church. He served in various church council positions including secretary and treasurer. Melvin and his family were recognized as the State of Iowa Farm Bureau Family of the year in 1971 and he was proud to be recognized as the owner of a Family Century Farm. He enjoyed sports and was an avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan and Iowa Hawkeye Football fan. He also enjoyed reading, music and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Melvin is survived by one son Kevin Masemann and his significant other Jennifer Sobotka of Nevada, IA; two daughters Sandra Wettach and husband Dr. David Wettach of Muscatine, IA and Pamela Brown and husband Chris Brown of Waukee, IA; four grandchildren Taylor Wettach of Mikata-gun, Hyogo, Japan, Collin Wettach, Monica and Eric Brown. He is also survived by his niece Nancy Dominick of Salida, CO and nephew Randy Erion of Decorah, IA. Melvin is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Edna Masemann, his sister and brother-in-law Delors and Orlo Erion and one granddaughter Valerie Brown. Cemetery: Burial will be in the Union Cemetery at Alta Vista with Rich Miller, Gary Recker, Gale Erion, Dan Franzen, Bob Savre and Arden Lembcke serving as casket bearers. Military rites provided by Alta Vista VFW Paul Johann Post # 4069. Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will be at 10:30AM on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista with Rev. Vincent Fricke and Rev. Kevin Frey officiating.