Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects on Friday at the Hafemeister Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or to Rainbow Hospice would be appreciated.
Melvin Franklin was born in Watertown on September 18, 1932, son of Henry and Emmaline (Dittberner) Kohlhoff. He attended St. John’s Lutheran Grade School and the Watertown Vocational School. On June 18, 1955, Melvin married the former Caroline Greve at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown. He had farmed, worked for the Watertown Merchant Police and at the former Village Blacksmith in Watertown. Melvin had also been employed at the Wilbert Vault Company, the James Foundry in Fort Atkinson, Waukesha Foundry in Waukesha and at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown.
He was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Melvin loved woodworking, fishing, trips to the casino and being outdoors, working in his yard. He enjoyed playing cards and jigsaw puzzles.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Caroline of Watertown; his children, Joyce Kohlhoff of Watertown; Nancy (John) Abel of Butler; David (Christine) Kohlhoff of Lake Mills; Donna (Bruce) Ortega of Watertown; his eleven grandchildren, Julie (Austin) Lemke, Cindy (Derek) Schuett, Marianne Kaminski, Heidi Abel, Heather (Matt) Overman, Holly Abel, John Abel, Amanda (Matt) James, Joshua Kohlhoff, Christopher Ortega and Angela Ortega; two great-grandchildren, Cole Weihert and AvaLynn James; a sister-in-law, Ruth Kohlhoff of Sun City, AZ, as well as other relatives and friends.
Melvin was the last member of his immediate family being preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Everett.
Melvin was a kind, gentle, loving man and will be greatly missed.