Melvin Mel' Uden, 91, of Ocheyedan, Iowa, formerly of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Country View Manor in Sibley, Iowa.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, L.C.M.S. in Le Mars. Reverend Tim Geitz officiated. Military honors were provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 in Le Mars. Burial was in the Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan. Arrangements are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.
Melvin Donald Uden was born April 28, 1926 in Worthington, Minnesota, the son of Ellsworth and Marie (Meyer) Uden. He was raised in Horton Township, Iowa before moving Ocheyedan. He attended school in Ocheyedan until he was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country during WWII while stationed in Europe. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Ocheyedan for a short time before leaving to California to work briefly on a ranch with his brother.
After returning to Ocheyedan, he worked for the IH dealership and owned and operated a filling station and caf. He also drove the school bus.
He was united in marriage to Earlene Pomrenke on October 15, 1956. Mel went to work as a mechanic at the Ford dealership in Ocheyedan. In 1962, they moved to Le Mars where he and Earlene raised their family and he continued as a mechanic for Ford dealerships in Le Mars and Sioux City. Melvin and Earlene were avid campers and went on many adventures together. Following his retirement, he continued to work on cars at his home. Earlene passed away May 20, 2002.
Later, Mel was united in marriage to Jenola Dammer-Bauermeister on January 15, 2005. After their marriage, Mel and Jenola made their home in Ocheyedan.
Melvin was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars and the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 in Le Mars. Through the years, he enjoyed woodworking and making many birdhouses. He also enjoyed tinkering with small engines and watching NASCAR. Later in his life, he enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Jenola Uden of Ocheyedan, IA; his children: Curtis (Denise) Uden of Le Mars, Carol Ruden (Rick Harris) of Le Mars, and Lorrie Lamb (fianc Kevin Rhead) of Brandon, SD; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; Jenola's children: Randy Bauermeister of Huron Lake, MN, LeAnn (Kevin) Donovan of Worthington, MN, and Rick Bauermeister of Huron Lake, MN, and their families; his sister: JoAnn Radunz of Ocheyedan, IA; his sister in law: Esther Uden of Marango, IA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Earlene; his son in law: Allen Lamb; 4 brothers: Edwin, Ellsworth, James, and Lester; and 5 sisters: Minnie Long, Mary Kruse, Betty Uden, Dorothy Suefert, and Grace Uden.