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Melvin B Schechinger

December 29, 1927 — December 26, 2019

Mass of Christian Burial


 Monday, December 30, 2019    10:30 AM


Sacred Heart Church, Manilla, Iowa


Reverend Paul Nguyen, Celebrant


Mass Servers


Caleb Coffelt    Brayton Schechinger    Brylee Schechinger


Lectors


Raen Schechinger    Nicole Graen    Heath Schechinger


 


Gift Bearers


Laci Kane    Katelyn Schechinger    


Kortney Saunders    Raegan Saunders


Eucharistic Ministers


Tom Goeser    Margaret Goeser    Virginia Rasmussen


Music


“Here I Am, Lord”   “On Eagle’s Wings”  


“How Great Thou Art”   “You Are Mine”   “Amazing Grace”   “These Hands”  Johnny Cash


“Grandpa” The Judds     “What A Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong


Casket Bearers


Shannon Schwartz    Nick Schechinger    Nathan Schechinger     Raen Schechinger   


Jason Schechinger    Josh Graen    Jacob Schechinger    Andrew Saunders


 Honorary Casket Bearers


Melvin’s Grandchildren


Interment with Military Honors


American Legion Post 132     U.S. Army Honor Guard


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa


 Melvin Bernard Schechinger, son of Valentine Sr. and Martha (Schmitz), was born at home on December 29, 1927, in Westphalia, Iowa. He attended school at St. Boniface in Westphalia and started farming after graduating from high school. Then in 1951, he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War and served as a Priest’s Assistant for Father Elias in Anchorage, Alaska. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal, in 1953.
   On February 20, 1954, Melvin was united in marriage with his best friend Rita Langenfeld. Together they had eight children and made their home on the farm northwest of Manilla. Here he raised his family and followed his lifelong passions of farming and raising cattle. In 1972, Rita passed away from lymphoma, prompting the family to pull together. Melvin was committed to keeping his family together and met the challenges of raising eight young children while running a farm operation with love and determination. After he retired he continued to stay active with his sons‘ farming operations, driving truck and caring for cattle.
   Melvin was a member of Sacred Heart Church where he served on the board and was a 4th Degree Knight (Navigator). He was a member of the Manilla Rough Rider’s Saddle Club and served as a Trustee for the Nishnabotna Cemetery. He was honored to be Manilla’s Quasqui-King and was awarded the 2011 IKM-Manning Iowa Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award. Family time was his top priority; he loved horseback riding, camping and cheering on his grandchildren at their sporting events. Melvin was known for his smile, never knew a stranger, and always had a Tootsie Roll in his pocket.
   On Thursday, December 26, 2019, Melvin passed away at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, two days before his 92nd birthday.
   Melvin is survived by his children: Pamela (Reggie) Schwartz of Urbandale; Daniel (Rita) Schechinger of Manilla; Scott (Helen Richardson) Schechinger of Manilla; Terence (Jody) Schechinger of Manilla; Dale (Kathy) Schechinger of Manilla; Janet (Jeff) Graen of Grimes; Jay (Jeanna) Schechinger of Manilla; Mae (Jeffrey) Saunders of Nevada; 30 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren and counting; sister Janette Chipman of Harlan; brother-in-law Bob Langenfield of Red Oak; sister-in-law Delores Langenfeld Jacoby of Waterloo.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rita; seven siblings: Marieann Redding, Evelyn Coenon, Valentine Jr., Ella Marie Nielson, Anthony and Ellsworth; special friend, Eileen Heiden; as well as many other family and friends.

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