Carl G. Melby, 91, Minot, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at Trinity Health, following injuries sustained in a vehicle pedestrian accident in Minot.
Carl Gustav Melby was born on April 11, 1929, the oldest of ten children born to Carl O. and Englecha (Arends) Melby in Watford City, N.D. He was raised and educated in the Watford City area, where he graduated from Watford City High School with high honors in 1947.While in school, he excelled in basketball, track and football. Following his graduation, he began working for the Great Northern Railroad.
On Dec. 3, 1950, Carl was united in marriage to Maxine “Micky” Lynner at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Minot, N.D. They made their home in Minot, where he continued to work for the railroad.
On Aug. 1, 1951, Carl enlisted in the United States Army. He proudly served his country in Germany for 8 months, before returning to the United States. He was honorably discharged July of 1953. He returned to Minot, where he continued to work for the railroad as a brakeman, and later a conductor. He retired in 1991, following 43 years of service.
Carl enjoyed spending time with his family on vacations, working in his yard and apple trees, observing nature, hunting and walking his dog Spike. He was a lifetime member of the Minot American Legion Post #26, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club of Minot. He especially enjoyed his morning breakfast at Denny’s with his wife Micky. He was a quiet, whitty loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Maxine “Micky” Melby; two daughters, Marilyn (Rodney) Johnson, Crystal (Al Riedlinger) Melby; son-in-law, Thomas Stredwick; grandchildren, Jacob (Lisa) Johnson, Jessica (Ross) Danielson, Eric Stredwick, Keli (Ryan) Marcum; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Bennett Johnson, Theodore Danielson, Taylor, Madison, Sophia and Dante Marcum, Samira and Cassandra Stredwick; siblings, Lawrence Melby, James Melby, Thelma McIntyre, Linda Salley, Caroline Melby, Muriel Sower; puppy companion, Spike Melby; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dene Melby; daughters, Sheryl Melby and Sharlene Stredwick; a sister, Elizabeth Melby; and two brothers, John and Gerald Melby.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, private family services will be held at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot with a military graveside service at Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Friends may sign an online guest register at www.thompsonlarson.com