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Melvin 'Mel' Wayne Wingler

October 26, 1931 - June 29, 2017    

Melvin ‘Mel’ Wayne Wingler passed away peacefully June 29, 2017 in Medford, Oregon.    

Mel was born to Delbert and Estelle Wingler on Monday, October 26, 1931 in Decatur, Illinois. He graduated from Decatur High School and continued on to receive his associates degree in Southern California.    

Mel was married April 17, 1970 to his wife of 47 years, Margie Wingler (Barger).   

Mel was a patriot through and through, participating in the Korean War as a member of the crew of the USS Sutherland, US Navy Destroyer, ‘a tin can sailor.’    

Mel worked as a service manager, part of a management team tasked with reviving failing GM dealerships in Oregon and California. Later in retirement he operated a small business providing haying services and raised several head of Black Angus cattle.   

Mel was a life-long member of the Elks Club. He enjoyed hunting, golfing, riding Harleys with his buddies, and restoring vehicles such as a 1939 La Salle (among several others). However, what Mel enjoyed most was relaxing at home, spending time with Margie, and telling stories with his family and friends.  

Mel is survived by his wife, Margie; his brother, Laramia and his wife Doreen; two of his children, Wayne L. Wingler and his wife Maureen, and Walter M. Wingler and his wife Denise; five grandchildren, Nicole, Magan, Aime, Brently, and Matthew; and seven great-grandchildren.    

Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Estelle Wingler; his sisters, Alberta McDonough (Wingler) and Buella Eagleton (Wingler); an infant daughter, Wendy Wingler; and son, Michael Douglas.   

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017 in the Medford First United Methodist Church located at 607 West Main Street, Medford, Ore.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Wounded Warriors Project or similar organizations that benefit the veterans that have served our country.

Melvin 'Mel' Wayne Wingler