Tricounty News

Melvin 'Mel' Kackman, 84

w-Melvin-Kackman-obit-photoMelvin Kackman died peacefully at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. He was 84.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Kimball. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held privately at Fort Snelling Cemetery.

Melvin F. Kackman was born Aug. 22, 1928, to Otto and Ella Kackman on a farm near Lidgerwood, N.D. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1946-1948. He married Betty Lou Grobe Nov. 13, 1950. Mel worked at Ford Motor Company for 30 years, retiring in 1984. He was an active member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and served as financial secretary for many years. He also was a member of the South St. Paul VFW and the Eden Valley American Legion. Mel enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, sports, and playing cards. His favorite times were spent with his family. Mel and Betty lived 50 years in South St. Paul where he was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church. Mel and Betty later settled in Eden Valley. Mel enjoyed many years on Eden Lake.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents; brother Gordon Kackman; sisters Loretta Kackman, Dorothy Diekow, and Delores Elznic; and granddaughter Sara Burgwald.

He is survived by his wife Betty; children Jayne Conrad of Eden Valley, Debra (and Roger) Burgwald of Cottage Grove, Nancy Lindell of Richmond, Thomas (and Elizabeth) Kackman of Burnsville, Barbara (and Gary) Anderson of Amelia Island, Fla., and Linda (and Scott) Reff of Lino Lakes; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Grace Kackman and Eleanor Olson; brother-in-law Norm (and Carol) Grobe; and many nieces and nephews.

His ready handshake and quick wit will be missed by many. His family wishes to thank Hilltop Care Center for their respectful and kind care of Mel during his stay there. Arrangements were by Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Eden Valley.