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Arnold MelbyAge: 99 years19092009

Arnold Melby
Birth December 22, 1909
MarriageVesta Mabel PriceView this family
June 28, 1933 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a son
Francis Duane Melby
February 26, 1934 (Age 24 years)
Death of a wifeVesta Mabel Price
December 25, 2002 (Age 93 years)
Burial of a wifeVesta Mabel Price
December 30, 2002 (Age 93 years)
Death November 25, 2009 (Age 99 years)
Family with Vesta Mabel Price - View this family
Marriage: June 28, 1933
8 months
Francis Duane Melby
Birth: February 26, 1934 24 21Ute, Monona county, Iowa, USA
Death: January 25, 2011Soldier, Monona county, Iowa, USA
Otto Clarence Ehlers + Vesta Mabel Price - View this family
wife’s husband

SOLDIER, Iowa -- Arnold Melby, 99, of Onawa, Iowa, formerly of Soldier, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Elmwood Care Centre in Onawa. Services were 11 a.m. Saturday at Soldier Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Meggan Manlove officiating. Burial was in Soldier Lutheran Cemetery. Arnold was born Dec. 22, 1909, in Moorhead, Iowa, the son of Adolph and Lena (Evenson) Melby. He was raised in the Moorhead area, where he attended country school. He and Vesta Price were united in marriage on June 28, 1933. The couple made their home in Mapleton, Iowa, and he worked for the W.P.A. They later moved to Grant Center and Danbury, Iowa, where he was a farm laborer, before the couple started farming in Mapleton, in 1943. In 1948, they bought a farm in Dunlap, Iowa, where he retired in 1979. Vesta passed away Dec. 25, 2002. He was a member of Soldier Lutheran Church and cherished being able to ring the bell on Sunday for many years. He loved music and played the violin at neighborhood house dances. The couple enjoyed traveling. Survivors include a son and his wife, Duane and Myrna of Soldier; a daughter and her husband, Sharon and Bill Markey of Lake Oswego, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edna Hall of Moorhead, Iowa. In addition to his wife, Vesta, he was also preceded in death by a son and his wife, Virgil and Janet Ehlers; four brothers, Kenneth, Leonard, Willard and Dale; and four sisters, Mildred Andrews, Lorraine Price, Gilma Burson and Agnes Weber.