Melvin passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. He was born in Volt, Mont., and was the first-born child of John D. Olfert and Elizabeth Olfert.
Dad’s father died early and his mother remarried. Rev. A. C. Wall and Elizabeth married in 1932. Rev. A. C. Wall with his three children and Elizabeth with her five children blended their families together for a total of eight. Then two more children were born.
Dad moved from Montana to Dallas in 1937 with his parents and the children: Cornie Wall, Marie Wiens, Mathilda Schultz, Sophie Klassen, Harold Olfert, Homer Olfert, Waldo Olfert and Harvey Wall. Lee Wall was born in Oregon.
Dad married Erna Dick (deceased) on July 16, 1943; they had four children: Marilyn Schafer (Arnold), Judy Dimit (Jim), Roger Olfert and Peggy Olfert.
Dad was a lifelong dedicated member of the Evangelical Bible Church. He was very active in the church.
Dad worked at Caterpillar the majority of his working years except for the 18 months he was in the Navy serving on the USS Goss (destroyer escort ship) from 1944 – 1946.
Dad was always helping out his friends and neighbors by making or repairing equipment for them. He was very analytical as he thought everything through in detail. He would sketch the design and then make the object from those plans. One large object he didn’t have any plans for was our home that we lived in for 65 years. He would cut all of the pieces of wood at home (in town) and then take it all out to the farm and nail the boards together (because he had no on-site electricity).
Dad and mom took several trips in the years following retirement. They really enjoyed telling about their experiences in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Holland.
Dad enjoyed riding with his son, Roger, on the dune buggy at the coast in Florence or Winchester Bay. His grandson’s, Steven Schafer and David Olfert, were companions on these trips.
Dad was honored in June 2017 to be accepted by Honor Flight TLC to travel to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial. This was a thrill for him.
Dad is survived by one sister (Sophie Klassen) and three brothers (Homer Olfert, Harvey Wall and Lee Wall), four children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Service will be Friday; Jan. 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 287 SW Washington St., Dallas, OR 97338.