Obituary: Melvin Harold

Melvin Harold

Melvin Donald Harold, 101, of Sabetha, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

He was born on April 3, 1920, on his grandfather’s farm, which was one mile east of Sycamore in Brown County. Melvin was the oldest of three children born to Charles Franklin Harold and Clara Mae (Engle) Harold.

Melvin met Irene Moore and they were married on Feb. 1, 1942. One month later, on March 1, Melvin was called into military service. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Amphibious Infantry, 7th Division. He was assigned to the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was wounded in Okinawa, Japan twice, awarded two purple hearts and honorably discharged on Sept. 6, 1945.

After serving, he worked at Mid-America Dairy for 40 years and then retired in 1985. His retirement years were spent being involved in his church, traveling, gardening and woodworking in his shop. He read his Bible daily.

He was married to his sweetheart, Irene, for 71 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 2013.

Survivors include his brother, Gerald Harold; sister, Betty (Farrell) McCallister; two nieces, Bonnie (Les) Shenefelt and Janice (Fred) Bent; two nephews, Alan (Sharon) McCallister and Mark (Shelley) Harold; and numerous great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Melvin was a loving and gentle man. He was loved and will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha. Prior to the service, a visitation will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Sabetha Community Hospital, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, Kansas 66534.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

The Sabetha Herald 10/27/2021


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