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Melvin Stalberger

July 21, 1918-Jan. 30, 2010

Melvin J. Stalberger was tired and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 30, 2010 in Othello, Wash.

Melvin was born to Joe and Mary Stalberger on July 21, 1918 in Beaulieu, Minn. He was their oldest son. He raised sheep at a young age, and farmed the rest of his years. He married Rose Meyer on October 17, 1944. They raised six children on the family dairy farm in rural Ogema. In 1978 he and Rose moved to Othello, Wash., and settled into semi-retirement years, working for a couple of farmers to pass the time.

Melvin took great pride in his yard and garden. Many received something from his vegetable garden, or some of his walnuts. His first, greatest joy was his family and friends, which included going to Saddle Mountain Farm Supply each morning to have coffee and a visit.

Surviving Melvin are his wife of 65 years, Rose Stalberger; his children, Diane (Vince) Schouviller of Othello, Duane (Janell) Stalberger of Ogema, Sharon (Mike) Haverkamp of Pasco, Wash., Shirley (Dean) Shank of Pasco, Lois (Jay) Weise of Othello, Gary (Tami) Stalberger of Bismarck, N.D.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; as well as two brothers, Art and Elroy, and one sister, MaryAnn Kaiser, all of Minnesota.

Preceding Melvin in death were his parents, Joe and Mary Stalberger.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Ogema. Services in Washington will be held at a later date.

Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville, Wash., is handling arrangements. Please visit and leave messages of condolence at

Those wishing to make a contribution in Melvin's name may send them to the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Ogema, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Othello, or to a charity of their choice.