Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 19, 2013

Melvin P. Pahl

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Melvin Peter Pahl, 76 of Traverse City, completed his earthly journey and went on to the great promise of everlasting life on Friday, May 17, 2013, of a broken heart, at his home.

Melvin was born on Aug. 10, 1936, in Plymouth, Mich. He married the love of his life, Edith “Jeannette” Clutterbuck, on May 17, 1958, in Traverse City. Eventually they were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Susan and Jeannie.

Melvin answered the call of duty and served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his time in service, he worked and retired as a Chief Engineer for Cone Drive. He was a member, an Elder and a Trustee of Trinity Lutheran Church of Traverse City for many years. He was also a dedicated blood donor for the Red Cross.

Melvin was an outstanding man both to his peers and especially his family. His kind heart and loving soul will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Melvin is survived by his daughters, Susan Pahl of Traverse City and Jeannie (Frank) Vaughn of Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren, Jennifer Pahl of Traverse City and Frank Vaughn III of Bloomfield Hills; a sister, Shirley (William) Ormsby of Charlevoix; a sister-in-law, Juanita Lautner; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Melvin was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years; his parents; and his brother, Carl Pahl.

Funeral services for Melvin will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Traverse City. Pastor Robert Zagore will serve as officiant.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the church. Please sign Melvin’s online guestbook at