Melvin Joseph Schloesser (a/k/a Ducky, Speed, Slick) died peacefully on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at his home in Casa Grande, Arizona at the age of 80.
Born on December 21, 1938 in Vail, Iowa, Melvin was the son of the late Iila (Miller) and William Schloesser. He graduated from Saint Ann’s Catholic High School in 1959 and was united in marriage to Diane (Ransom) Schloesser of Denison, Iowa on May 23, 1964. After their marriage, they settled in Denison and remained there for 40 years. Together they raised five children and after Melvin’s retirement from Farmland Foods, they moved to Casa Grande, Arizona.
Melvin was a kind and gentle man, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. His family meant the world to him and he was an avid fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cardinals and he thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and watching reruns of Westerns such as Rifleman, Gunsmoke and others.
Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Diane, his parents, sister Marleen Thelen brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronald and Marvel Bruning, Marvin Huelsing and Norman Thelen, Willis, Donald, Darold, Robert, Larry, James, Dale, Thomas and Diana Ransom, Paul and Norma Bean, Darlyne Meeves, Donna Kroll, and nephew James Thelen.
Melvin is survived by their children, Sherry (Scott) Wright of Westside, IA, Michael Smith of Austin, TX, David (Kim) Schloesser of Germantown, WI, Mary (Kevin) Allen of Casa Grande, AZ and Cathy (Greg) McCrary of Pensacola, FL; his grandchildren: Derek, Ashley, Hayley and Mariya, Devin, Tanner, Duncan, and Parker, Alexandra and Drew, Mitchell and Daniel, and Andrew and Elizabeth; his great-grandchildren: Damien, Kylee, and Maximus, Caiden, Ecko and Kalix, Gunner and Zane, Keaton and Avery; his siblings: Martin (Kay) Schloesser, Madelyn Huelsing, Mary (Tim) Gilligan, Michael Schloesser, Dorothy (LeRoy) Childress; brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenneth (Beulah) Ransom, Carol Goepner, Janice (Glen) Woods, Julieanna (Dennis) Jepsen, Carol Ransom; special friends, Lydia and Dennis Mercier as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy provided during this difficult time.