Melvin Jonas, 97, Fox Lake

October 6, 2018

Melvin Edward Jonas, 97, rural Fox Lake, died early Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, 2018, at his son’s home.

A memorial service will be held at Robert W. Ginther American Legion Post 521 in Fox Lake at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with Chaplain John Mund officiating. Inurnment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may call on the family Wednesday at the American Legion Post.

Melvin was born Aug. 29, 1921, one of 10 children to William and Hulda (Klausch) Jonas. Melvin served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He entered the service in 1942 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, then Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for basic training, later at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where he was an engineer. He served in 1106 Engineer Combat Group VII Corps. Melvin received Bronze Stars for participating in Battle of the Bulge in Normandy, France. Melvin worked for Speed Queen and retired in 1983 at the age of 62. Throughout most of his life, he farmed and sold produce. He loved chickens and belonged to the Beaver Dam Bantam Club. He and Elizabeth would go to county fairs to see the animals and 4-H kids that bought his chicks. Melvin enjoyed woodworking and made dollhouses and a barn for his grandkids, along with many other wood projects for his family. Melvin was a member of Robert W. Ginther American Legion Post 521 in Fox Lake.

Melvin will be sadly missed and mourned by his son, Gerald (Cheryl) Jonas of Fox Lake; his two granddaughters, Kerry (Jason) Niemuth of Watertown and Kathleen (Matt) Kwakkel of Waupun; his great-granddaughters, Liberti and Lydia Jonas; sister-in-law, Lorraine Jonas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russell (Betty) Maurer; nieces, a nephew, many other relatives and friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth, on April 20, 2017; his grandson, Jeffry, on Jan 16, 2005; four sisters and five brothers.

Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Fox Lake is serving the family. For more information or online condolences, please visit www.kratzfh.com.

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