Melvin Arni Amundson
July 18, 1927 – April 13, 2022

The family of Melvin Amundson is sad to announce his passing on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at his residence at Diamond House Care Home, in Warman, Saskatchewan. He was 94 years of age. Melvin was the sixth child born to Helge and Anna (née Hagen) Amundson July 18, 1927, on the homestead, SW 17-40-17 W2. For grades one to eight, Melvin attended school at Home School and learned to speak English, with Norwegian being his first language. In 1942, Pastor Peter Nelson confirmed him at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He started farming at the age of 17, when he bought his first quarter of land and two more quarters in the next six years. All land first had to be brush cut. On October 17, 1950, he married Myrtle Joyce Clark and they raised a family of four children: twins, Valerie and Janice, born April 10, 1952; Shelley born April 23, 1957; and on July 3, 1960, Leslie was born. Grandpa Amundson called him “Butch,” and it stuck! The family moved to the Frey place in the spring of 1957 and spent the next 15 years there. Valerie and Janice went to Home School for grades one and two and then bussed to Naicam, SK. Melvin and Joyce built a new house on the home place in 1972. Melvin started farming with his brother, Lloyd, in 1964, and he loved farming his entire life. In 1991, when they sold the farm machinery, Melvin continued to help his son-in-law, Barry, in the busy seasons. Melvin and Joyce loved to square dance, play cards and dice. Working in his shop, Melvin enjoyed doing fretwork and making knives. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage and visited Norway seven times. An active member of his community, Melvin served on council for the R.M. of Pleasantdale, the Federal Housing Authority, the Wheat Pool Committee, and many positions with Immanuel Lutheran Church. As their family grew up, Melvin and Joyce were happy to celebrate the weddings of their children: Janice and Lyle Brenna, August 12, 1972; Valerie and Wade Weseen, May 4, 1974; Shelley and Barry Archibald, July 2, 1977; and Butch and Debbie Brenna, July 4, 1981. Melvin and Joyce were so happy to become grandparents and great-grandparents. Their first grandchild, Jasmine, was born on March 17, 1977, and their first great-grandchild, Anaka, was born on August 16, 2005. They spent seventeen enjoyable summers with family and friends at their trailer at Marean Lake. In December 2016, Melvin and Joyce moved from their Century Farm (2010) east of Naicam to Luther Riverside Terrace in Saskatoon, SK. With failing health in 2019, they moved to Diamond House Care Home in Warman, SK. Melvin lost the love of his life and wife of seventy years on June 14, 2021. He passed away on (his mother’s birthday) April 13, 2022, with family by his side. Melvin will be loved and sadly missed by his family: Valerie Weseen, and family, Jasmine (Kevin) Brawn, Anaka and William, and Jillian Weseen (Wellingtone Okwiri), Anabel and Astrid; Janice (Lyle) Brenna, and family Erika (Taylor) Chomiak, Osa, Ty and Nadya, and Britni Brenna (Brett Campbell); Shelley Archibald, and family Kerri Archibald (Cam Koski), Brinkley and Gia, Courtney (Dane) Bachiu, Boh and Jovi, and Stacey (Cole) Simpson, Kinley, Rori and Kane; and Leslie (Debbie) Amundson, and family Kristofor, and Sara (Cailean) Duke; sister Marion (Don) Schulz; sister-in-law Merne Amundson; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, and family in Norway. Melvin was predeceased by his wife, Joyce; sons-in-law Wade Weseen and Barry Archibald; his parents Helge and Anna (née Hagen) Amundson; and by his brothers and sisters, and in-laws: Arnold Amundson (as a toddler), Ruben (Joyce) Amundson, Gunder Amundson, Helga (Ben) Davis, Thelma (Walter) Vonau, Roy (Phyllis) Amundson, Jennet (Delbert) Elliott, Lloyd (Muriel) Amundson, and John Amundson. The Funeral Service was held for Melvin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 2022, at Five Oaks Shared Ministry in Naicam, with Pastor Kragbe Legre officiating. Scripture readers were Britni Brenna, Kerri Archibald, and Sara Duke; music ministry was led by organist Grace Voldeng; and the eulogy was presented by Leslie “Butch” Amundson. Memorial table attendants were Debbie Courchaine and Lorie Andersen. The urnbearer was Jillian Weseen and “All of Melvin’s Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren & Relatives in Norway,” were noted as honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow at a later date in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Naicam, SK. A memorial luncheon followed at Naicam Senior Centre. Memorial donations may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery Fund, (c/o Five Oaks Shared Ministry, PO Box 189, Naicam, SK, S0K 2Z0)

This Notice Is Courtesy Of
Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel - Humboldt, Saskatchewan