Melvin was born in Bemidji, Minnesota. When he was a baby his parents moved their family to Henderson, Minnesota, where he attended eight years of school. In 1957, he started working for Wm. Mueller & Son’s. He was with them for forty five years. In 1959, he married his wife, LaVonne Voigt. In 1963, they moved to Norwood Young America, Minnesota, where they still reside. Mel has two married daughters, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Mel’s hobbies are fishing, fixing whatever, helping his children out and putzing around in his big garage.