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Martin Melkild

Martin A. Melkild
Born 1910s.
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Brother of [half], , [private sister (1910s - unknown)] and [private brother (1910s - 1930s)]
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Died 2000s.
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Martin A. Melkild, 90, of Traverse City, died Monday afternoon, March 24, 2008, at Munson Medical Center, surrounded and comforted by his loving family.

Born Aug. 30, 1917, and raised on a farm west of Northport, Martin was the son of the late Martin I. and Inga Amelia (Severtsen) Melkild.

After Pearl Harbor, Martin enlisted in the United States Navy. He received his Signal Training at the U.S. Navy and Radio School at the University of Chicago. He was assigned to an amphibious ship, the U.S.S. LST 398, and with 12 other Landing Ship Tanks was sent to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Theater. After tour of duty in the Solomons, he returned to the States to pick up a new LST 827, returning to the western Pacific to participate in landings in the Philippines and Okinawa. At the time of discharge in October of 1945, he was discharged as a Signalman 1st Class.

Martin attended Michigan State University from January 1946 to April 1948, majoring in Nursery Landscape Management.

He retired as Municipal Forester for the City of Traverse City in July of 1982, having served with the city a period of 26 years.

Martin was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served as scoutmaster, neighborhood commissioner, Order of the Arrow Lodge Lay Advisor and Wood Badge Instructor; as well as the Virgil Honor of the Order of the Arrow, and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

He was a longtime member of Central United Methodist Church and was a charter member and past president of Sons of Norway. Martin was also a very active member of the Maritime Heritage Alliance, involved in building the replica of the Great Lakes Schooner, "The Madeline". He was also a life member of DAV and the Audubon Society.

Martin enjoyed historical writings, including serving as chairman and co-author of a local historical book entitled "Currents of the Boardman", as well as many others.

While wintering in Florida, Martin served as a Naturalist for the Audubon Society at the Babson Park Audubon Center in Babson Park, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a son, David C. Melkild; sisters, Margaret Carson, Thora Bukoff and Ina Powell Bell; and three brothers, John T. Weik, Arthur L. Melkild and Oliver Melkild. [1]



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