Died December 31, 1999
ELK RAPIDS - Melvin Streeter, 83, of Elk Rapids, died Friday at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Born Aug. 8, 1916, in Milford, Mass., he was the son of Nathan and Eda (Raymond) Streeter. On March 18, 1943, in Toledo, Ohio, he married the former Lois Rohrbacher.
Melvin was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1953, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He served in the North Africa-Europe Campaign, receiving five battle stars, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, receiving one battle star. While attached to the USS Knight, he was involved in operation "Bikini," evacuating natives, etc., in preparation for "A" Bomb testing in March of 1946, Realm of Golden Dragon, crossing the International Date Line and Realm of Neptunus Rex, crossing the Equator. A retired office manager, he was employed at Martin Brothers Container in Toledo, Ohio from 1953 to 1985. He also volunteered at the American Diabetes Association in Toledo and did all their computer work. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Paul's Mens Club in Toledo and attended Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids. Melvin enjoyed gardening and was an avid bird watcher.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan (Don) Ziesmer of Elk Rapids; a son, Daniel Streeter of Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Mary Stanley, Dora Gaskill, Mildred Lakeman, Ruth Streeter and Eleanor (Arthur) Ward - all of Mass. and Barbara Hodson of Calif.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a stepson, James Rohrbacher; two brothers, Nathan and Raymond; and two sisters, Jane Rhodes and Ethel Elliot.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Elk Rapids Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Elk Rapids, where visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. David Mellor will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Toledo, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or Lutheran Social Services.
Traverse City Record Eagle Newspaper
Sunday, July 26, 2009