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Melvin L. Buchholz, 84, of Brazil, died suddenly July 25, 2017, at his residence from a farming accident. He was born Jan. 25, 1933, in Clay County, the son of Robert Buchholz and Lola Earley Buchholz.
He graduated from Staunton High School, class of 1951. Melvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.
Melvin worked as a press operator for IBM in Greencastle for over 30 years. Following retirement, he enjoyed woodworking at his shop and has made numerous wood pieces for family and friends, including A-frame wooden swings. The swings have been a part of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department as part of their fundraising for many years. Melvin also was a loyal member of the JTVFD. He worked for Larry Trout for many years assisting with carpentry work and cabinet building. Melvin has enjoyed working with antique tractors for years including Wards and Farmall models.
On Nov. 22, 1956, he was united in marriage to Geraldine Boyce Buchholz. Together they have raised their daughters in Clay County. They have been members of the Union United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marion Hughes and Juanita Mishler; two brothers, George Buchholz and Jerry Buchholz.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Buchholz; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tammie and Michael Broady of Brazil and Sara and Barry House of Mississippi; grandchildren, Tyler Broady (Courtney), Tessa Stearley (Trent), Larry House and Tyler House; great-grandchildren, Hayden Broady, Hadley Broady, Gannon Stearley, Renlee Stearley, Cali House and Ellisyn House; one brother, Virgil "Pete" Buchholz (Neta); brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald Boyce (Shirley) of Greenfield, John Boyce (Cheryl) and Jack Boyce (Karen), all of Brazil; a sister-in-law, Agnes Buchholz; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at French Funeral Home with the Rev. Isaac Hopper officiating. Music will be provided by Steve McCullough. Burial will follow at VanCleve Cemetery with graveside military honors. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Union Methodist Church, 780 E. County Road. 600 N Brazil, IN. or to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Post a note of condolence at:
www.frenchfuneralhome.com
Published on July 26, 2017
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