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Melvin Arba Waller

February 13, 1942May 14, 2020

Melvin Arba Waller, 78, of Maple Grove, MN passed away peacefully on May 14th, 2020 surrounded by his family after a short battle with cancer. He was born to L. Clair and Dorothy Waller. He received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts at Mankato State College in 1967. He married the love of his life, Patricia, in 1963, and they were married for 56 years. He started his career working in the lumber industry following the footsteps of his father. Later he worked as a carpenter, most recently with McNulty Construction before retiring in 2008.

During retirement, he loved traveling and sightseeing in their motorhome. He especially loved traveling to San Diego during the winters to be with Teresa, his daughter. He also enjoyed traveling in their motorhome to dog shows to help his wife Patricia with her home embroidery business. Melvin loved to strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he met. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending their activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents L. Clair and Dorothy Waller.

He will be missed by his loving wife, Patricia; their three children, Christopher (Denise) Waller, Shawn (Beth) Waller, Teresa (Brian) Brown; and five grandchildren, Michael and Sarah Waller and Justin, Kristen, and Louis Waller. He is also survived by his brother Larry (Marilyn) Waller and his sister Carmen Moll.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jay Dobbs

May 21, 2020

Pat and family—

So sorry to hear about Mel. He was always such a kind, thoughtful and caring person. While it’s been awhile since I last talked to him, his pleasant demeanor and genuinely keen interest in people still stand out. He truly made the world a better place and have trust he’ll be with you every day.

Jimmy Robbins

May 19, 2020

Always loved spending time with Uncle Mel, although it was not as often as I would have liked, I will forever cherish what time it was. One of my favorite memories was when he was headed back from Gobernador with a chunk of petrified wood on the station wagon.

May the the warm thoughts and fond memories help carry his loved ones through this most difficult of times. Love you guys

Ryan Wedin

May 17, 2020

Uncle Mel always did his best to make everyone around him feel happy and important. He was a great storyteller and loved hearing stories as well. He always livened up the conversation and our entire family will greatly miss him!

Anne & Wayland Bauer Bauer

May 16, 2020

We also are shocked to learn of Mel’s passing to be with Our Lord. I’ve been reading “Imagine Heaven Devotional” by Burke and from it feel I have a much better idea of his next awesome life in the loving presence of Jesus and others he knows and loves. But we can only imagine how much you hearts must be hurting today and we are with you in our thoughts and prayers. We will be forever thankful our paths crossed on Pleasant Drive, Bettenforf , Iowa!! Another set of folks just moved into to the 1st house he built across the street (retired couple....their last home in Carriage Place across from Trout Valley, where Mel built house #2!....and some of neighbor men helped!!.) So we have been talking about Mel lately again telling The Fischers about Mel building....even in the midst of a storm!....and how our 1st daughter spent the night with your family when our 2nd daughter was born....and about all the wonderful activities our families here shared here. They are cherished by us. THIS week the city began the big job of removing the street, and making a new one. We have been recounting some of the memories we know that have happened as we drove and played (Big Wheels & Volleyball Games etc.) on the pavement laid in about 1968!!
What a rich life you have had with this wonderful man. You have been SO blessed and loved, and that makes it even harder to say “Good-By.”
Thank you for sharing some of who he is (and forever will be) and what he meant to you. We feel so blessed to learn MORE about him and thus feel closer to you at this time. Blessings of Comfort through The Holy Spirit, Anne & Wayland Bauer

Britt Schoenberg

May 15, 2020

Uncle Mel liked to talk! He could talk about anything for hours. He loved to reminisce with my Dad about the good ole days. He was a joy to be around and will be missed.

Sabrina Schreiber

May 15, 2020

Mel will be missed by so many, we’ve known Mel for many years and he always took the time to ask you how you were and he always would listen to your answer and was a positive person, and there was no doubt how much he loved his family, he was so very proud of every one of them, sending our sympathies and prayers


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