Melvin Rouillard, Rogers

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Melvin Joseph Rouillard, age 94 of Rogers, formerly of Maple Lake, born May 20, 1918 died Feb. 4, 2013, at home peacefully with his granddaughter at his side. Preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon “Sherri;” his wife, Mary Catherine “Kay” Bosley, wife, Pearl (McAlpine) Dynan, and daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Rouillard; parents, Henry and Ethel Rouillard; brothers, Merle and Rawland. Survived by his children: Michael (Sharon Wessel), James (Joan), Mary Beth (John) Schlegal; nine grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Also survived by his step family, nieces, nephews, relatives and good friends. Melvin served during WWII as a flight engineer, training flight crews on B29s, while stationed at various Army bases throughout the United States. Melvin also is a 60+ years member of The American Legion Post 131 of Maple Lake. A carpenter by trade, he built and remodeled many homes and special projects for family and friends. He was active in the parishes and communities he lived in throughout his life. Coaching baseball, being a 4H leader, chairing committees and belonging to the Rogers Lions were just a few of his involvements. He enjoyed camping, dancing and traveling with family and friends. When he moved back to Rogers in 1998, he became the proprietor of Melwoody Institute; founded in his garage, where he tinkered and worked on projects. Melwoody became a gathering place for family and friends alike. Melvin always loved a good joke and few could match him in telling a good story. In the words of his granddaughter, Kristi, “You will be missed by so many, but the things you have given all of us will be in our hearts forever.” Thank you, beyond words, to the staff at Diamond Crest of Wellstead of Rogers and North Memorial Hospice. You made Dad’s and our journey a miracle that we will treasure in our lives. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 21304 Church Ave., Rogers. Visitation 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Dare’s Funeral Home, 805 Main St. NW, Elk River, and two hours prior to Mass at the church. Interment was at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Dayton. Memorials preferred.

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