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January 19, 1938 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Melvin Dallas Diers, 85, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away after a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease on Tuesday, December 26, 2024, at Sanford Medical Center, Aberdeen.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Schriver’s Memorial Chapel.
A time of fellowship and light luncheon will follow the service at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.
Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Melvin and his twin brother Melford were born in rural Minnesota to Herman and Martha (Pahl) Diers on January 19, 1938. Melvin attended grade school in rural Minnesota through the fifth grade. He moved to Big Stone City, SD, in the sixth grade, where he attended and graduated from Big Stone High School. Melvin was the class president of his senior class. He participated in football and track, in which he both lettered. He won the school record in Sprint Medially and held the title until his nephew Dick Goldsmith won it away from him.
Melvin was awarded a watch for one of the two students with the highest sciolistic rating in the senior class. He felt bad because his twin didn’t receive one, so he promptly went out and bought a watch for Melford.
Melvin enlisted in the US National Guard in 1954 and served until 1961. Following his active duty, he remained in the reserves for eight years before being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.
Melvin and Rowena Smart were united in marriage on July 3, 1960. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Melvin’s passing. They made their life together in Aberdeen, where Mel was employed as a cheese maker and later as manager of Cass Clay Cheese Factory.
Mel loved music and singing; he sang in the choir at Our Savior Lutheran Church. He always wanted to play guitar, so his family surprised him with one for Christmas one year, and he taught himself to play. He played for his own pleasure and, once in a while, accompanied his kids to a community function or church.
Melvin, Rowena, and their family moved to Bath, SD, where Mel served on the Board for Bath Sanitary District and the Bath Township Board. He also served on the original WEB Water Board. He also enjoyed working with the youth as a 4H leader and Boy Scout Leader.
Melvin took an online refrigeration repair course to work on farm bulk tanks for milk. Later, he went to work for Ramkota Inn as a maintenance and air condition refrigeration repairer.
Melvin enjoyed playing pool and bowled in a league. He also was very passionate about fishing.
Melvin and Rowena moved to Richmond Lake, where they both retired. Melvin served on the Aberdeen Fire Protection Board for the Aberdeen Rural Fire Department for 19 years.
Melvin’s health required one last move. On July 4, 2023, Melvin and Rowena moved to Aberdeen, SD, to a senior living facility, Dorien Place, where they resided at the time of his death.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Rowena Diers; sister Gertrude Goldsmith; son Leland (Chris) Diers; daughter Sharon (Randy) Kusler; granddaughter Ashley (Martin Boehme) Diers; grandsons Alex (Brittany Brown) Diers and Nick (Abigail) Kusler; granddaughter Amber Kusler; great-grandchildren Hudson, Ranae, and River; sisters-in-law Joan Diers and Barbara Smart; brother-in-law Mike Smart; and many nieces and nephews.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Martha; brothers Jackie, Walter, and Alvin; his twin brother Melvin; and sister Dorothy.