Melvin I. Book


Funeral services for Melvin I. Book, 91, of Graettinger, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger with Pastor John Wolf officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, South Walnut Township, Iowa. He died on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Melvin I. Book, the son of Earl and Edith (Swartz) Book, was born on May 6, 1930, at home near Superior, Iowa.
Melvin graduated from Estherville High School before working for Wilson, and then as a self-employed hog buyer in Kansas City, MO for 30 years, retiring in 1990. After Darlene’s passing in 1996, Melvin married Mary Lou Thompson in 1997. He moved to Graettinger in 2002.
Melvin married Darlene Thompson in 1950, to this marriage three children were born, Sharon, Barbara, and Scott.
He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Graettinger, and enjoyed fishing, camping, boating, yard work and wintering in Texas.
Melvin is survived by his children, Barbara (Mark) Brown, Overland Park, Kansas and Scott Book, California; his grandchildren, Jason (Tracy) Cobb and Dalton Book; his siblings, Ronald Book, Larry (Ardella) Book, and Donna Davis; as well as his wife, Dolores Kunzelman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Darlene and Mary Lou, a daughter, Sharon (Dave) Cobb, his sisters, Shirley Poyzer and Alice Bradeen and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Book.
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