Melvin Dale Kight passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, after a long illness with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Oregon City, Ore., on August 28, 1925, the youngest of three boys born to Walter and Georgianna (Birdsell) Kight. In 1945, Melvin married Sara E. Wagner, in Colville, Wash. He served two and a half years in the Navy, during World War II. Melvin also spent several years as a logger and as a construction worker, where he drove heavy equipment. Melvin retired after 14 years with Tru Mix Construction, and moved to Grants Pass, where he spent a lot of days fishing on the Rogue River.

In 2002, it was finally time to leave the river and move closer to his family, which took him to Sweet Home and Lebanon, Ore. He joined the Grange while in Medford, Ore., and made many good friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Georgianna (Birdsell) Kight; brothers, Joseph Wesley and DeWayne Kight. He is survived by his wife, Sara; nieces, Jacki Nicklous, Linda Kight Colvin; nephews, Rick and Randy Burnett, and Melvin Leon Kight; great-niece, Lynn Landre; great-nephew, Allen Tackett; and great-great-niece, Daxana Joy Landre.

At Melvin's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lacomb Grange Building Fund, c/o Maxine Smith, 41315 Conser Hill Dr., Lebanon, OR 97355; Samaritan Evergreen Hospice, 1046 6th Ave. S.W., Albany, OR 97321; or to Medicure, 12013 N.E. Marx St., Portland, OR 97220 (for their research program.)