Melvin John Hettervig passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2013 with his loving wife and family by his side. Melvin was born in Buxton, North Dakota on February 7, 1937, to Gena and Melvin Hettervig. He attended school in Buxton, North Dakota and graduated in 1955. Preceding graduation, he entered the United States Navy. After graduating, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine at Alameda Naval Air Station in California.
Melvin attended Wahpeton State School of Science. On June 17, 1961, he married his sweetheart, Katherine Ann Huard. Mel and Kathy had five daughters. In 1958, he was hired by the IBM Corporation where he was employed until his retirement in 1992. While employed at IBM, he held a number of different positions. Melvin was a Computer Operations Manager at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. He proudly helped support the Gemini and Apollo missions. In 1970, he transferred to New York to become a Systems Support Programmer on large scale computers. Melvin transferred to Rochester, Minnesota in 1977 to work as a System Support/Applications Programmer. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family and friends.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Katherine; children, Cynthia (Mark Staub) of Burnsville, Minnesota, Stefanie (Randy Barnes) of Preston, Minnesota, Gena McNeill of Kasson, Minnesota, Mary (Troy Knutson) of Kasson, Minnesota and Laura (Brian Weis) of Dodge Center, Minnesota; grandchildren, John Staub, Thomas Staub, Jacob Knutson, Garrett Barnes, Bailey Barnes, Katie McNeill, Brenden Knutson, Cassi McNeill, Kylie McNeill, and David Weis; sisters, Muriel Vincent of Portland, Oregon, Vivian Christopherson of Madison, Minnesota and Ruby Breiland of Portland, Oregon. Melvin will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Maynard, Paul and Arlen; sister, Delores Chapman and grandson, Benjamin Staub.
The family would like to thank Dr. Randolph Marks, Dr. Matthew Bernard, Dr. Maggie Theofiles and the staff and volunteers of Mayo Hospice for the extraordinary care and compassion they gave to Melvin during his illness.
The funeral service for Melvin will be Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:00 am at The South Zumbro Lutheran Church, 4830 - 120th Ave SW, Kasson, MN with Pastor Mark Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 4:00-6:00 pm and one hour prior to the service on Monday. Burial will follow at the Pine Island Cemetery, Pine Island, Minnesota.
Dibble Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.