Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 23, 2014

Melvin W. Pauly

TRAVERSE CITY — On Feb. 16, 2014, Melvin W. Pauly, age 99, joined his dear wife, Barbara, for their next life together. He passed away peacefully with his family present.

Melvin was born on Feb. 26, 1914, to Gladys and William Pauly in Lowell, Mass. He spent his young life in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Commerce High School in that city in 1931.

He married Barbara in 1938, and they celebrated their 71st anniversary with their family on Sept. 10, 2010.

Mel worked for the Lunkenheimer Company from 1945 to 1975, where he served as president and general manager and chairman of the board. One of his honors was being named by the Valve Manufacturing Association as the “man-of-the-year” in 1971.

To be closer to family Mel and Barbara moved from Cincinnati to the Brigadoon facility on Boardman Lake in Traverse City in 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Barbara.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Mary) Pauly, of Traverse City; his daughter, Susan (Tom) Roy, of Missoula, Mont.; grandsons, Craig Pauly, of Traverse City, Graham (Jennie) Roy, of Missoula, Mont., Brad Pauly, of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Carter Roy, of Los Angeles, Calif.; step grandchildren, Elizabeth and David Graves, of Traverse City; three great-grandchildren, Lauren and Morgan Pauly, of Traverse City, and Finley Roy, of Missoula, Mont.

He always expressed his gratitude for good health, gracious friends and an abundant life. He will be greatly missed and will be remembered by all as a caring and supportive father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him.

A gathering and memorial service to celebrate Mel’s wonderful life will occur at Brigadoon, Boardman Lake Glens, 1456 Brigadoon Court, on what would have been Mel’s 100th birthday at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Society.

Please sign Mel’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

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