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Melvin L. Streigle Obituary


Melvin L. Streigle, 88, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa. He was born July 29, 1918, in Gibson, Iowa, the son of Ervin and Lois Marston Streigle. He entered the United States Army in 1942, and was honorably discharged in 1945. On July 29, 1962, he was united in marriage to Nellie Van Zetten in Memphis, Missouri. Upon his return from the military Melvin started working on farm equipment. He worked for many different Massey-Ferguson dealers as a mechanic, and later went to work for Massey-Ferguson as a service man. In 1978, he opened his own tractor repair garage, and continued to work on tractors until he and Nellie moved to Oskaloosa in 2004. He was a member of the American Legion and the Delta Ruritan. He enjoyed working with his hands and fixing things.

His family includes his wife, Nellie Streigle of Oskaloosa; 2 sons: Ronald (& Barbara) Streigle of Anaheim, California, and Donald (& Linda) Streigle of Madrid, Iowa; a daughter: Melva (& Greg) Wheeler of Phoenix, Arizona; 2 step sons: Wayne (& Gloria) Van Zetten of Colbert, Oklahoma, and Gary (& Anita) Van Zetten of Oskaloosa; 2 step daughters: Carolyn (& Richard) Schaefer of Burlington, and Marilyn (& David) Phillips of Oskaloosa; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a sister: Viola Dobbins of Sigourney; and many nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, a sister: Rena Gilliland; and 4 brothers: Clifford, Delbert, Warren, and Herman Streigle.

Funeral services for Melvin Streigle will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Reverend James Bringman officiating. Burial will be in the Garrett Cemetery near Delta. Graveside military rites will be given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion, V.F.W. and D.A.V. Visitation will begin Monday morning after 10 and the family will be at the Bates Funeral Chapel Monday evening from 5:30 -7:30 to greet friends and relatives. Memorials may be made to Mahaska Hospice.