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Melvin ‘Mel’ Rabe PDF Print E-mail

Melvin “Mel” Francis Rabe, 90, of Phelps, Wis., passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Our Home K-Care Assisted Living.

He was born Dec. 18, 1923, in Eldorado, Wis., a son to Arthur and Gladys Balthazor Rabe.

Mel served his country from 1943 to 1946 in New Guinea and Southern Philippines. He was a machine gunner and was awarded multiple service medals.

On June 29, 1979, he married Audrey Huck.

Before moving to Phelps on April 15, 1990, Mel owned and operated Ideal Body & Glass in Fond du Lac and Ziebarts in Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Fond du Lac.

He was a member of the Auto Body Association, charter member of the VFW and American Legion, member and past president of the Evening Optimist Club and very active in the Marquise Drum and Bugle Corps, maintaining vehicles and transporting the Bugle Corps.

Mel loved to travel, loved old, old cars and going to car shows, and loved hunting and fishing, especially hunting in Montana for 31 years.

Mel had a great sense of humor and was very adventurous and loyal to many family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey; sisters-in-law, Virginia Rabe and Mary Guell; brother-in-law, Donald (Carol) Huck; 15 nieces and nephews; other relatives, friends, his dog, Buddy and his cats, Cindy and Samantha.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lester and Robert, and three nephews.

Special thank you to caregivers, Phelps Inn Care, Our Home K Care and all others who helped make Mel’s final days/years comfortable.

Visitation: Family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 4494 Town Hall Rd. in Phelps, Wis.

Service:  A Memorial Ser­vice will be held 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Mel’s name will be established.

Zacherl Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family.


Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:55 AM

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