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Melville D. Connet Jr.

January 13, 2017 — January 13, 2017


June 1, 1928
Kansas City, Missouri

January 13, 2017
Sanborn, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2017
First Presbyterian Church; Paullina, Iowa
Rev. Dr. Angel De La Cruz Officiating

Visitation with the family present will be from
5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, January 17, 2017
at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina, Iowa.

Amazing Grace
On Eagles Wings
Sung by Fred Schuknecht

Lift High The Cross
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Organist: LaNan Eldridge

Austin Richter Andrew Richter
Adam Richter Alexandria Connet Miguel
Dale Fulk Nick Meyer

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Germantown, Iowa

Military Flag presentation by
Russell West Post of the
American Legion of Paullina.

After the graveside service relatives and friends are invited to
join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home of Paullina

Melville Dwight Connet, Jr. passed peacefully on January 13, 2017 in Sanborn, IA. He was born in 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Melville Dwight and Mae Darling (Shufflebotham) Connet. After graduating from high school at 16, he was awarded a football scholarship and boarded a bus for Lexington, Kentucky. He played football for the University of Kentucky, and remained a lifelong athlete. He enlisted in the army as WWII was ending, and was sent to the Korean Conflict. After the war he returned to Kansas City to finish his degree. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City earning a degree in history and political science. After graduating, he met and fell in love with Julia Elizabeth Middleton, they married in 1950, sharing 61 years together, Julia passed away on May 21, 2012 in Primghar, Iowa. He worked for Butler Manufacturing for 32 years as their national sales manager, and was a lifelong Presbyterian.
Learning bridge from his college roommate at Kentucky, George Blanda, he became an exceptional bridge player, and later enjoyed many card games with family and friends. He loved attending his kids and grandkids sporting events. A generous man, an avid reader, with a great sense of humor.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory; his children, Mel Connet III and his wife, Margaret of Pescadero, CA; Sally Connet of McAllen, TX; Frank Connet and his partner, Doug Stapleton of Chicago, IL; Cindy Richter and her husband David, of Paullina, Iowa; His sister, JoAn Liebig of Pacific, MO; his brother, Robert Connet and wife, Pat of Surprise, AZ; and his brother-in-law, Dr. John Middleton, of Louisiana, Mo, as well as his faithful dog, Archie and many beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Mel was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Alice Middleton and Virginia Wenzell, and 1 brother-in-law, John Liebig.
We will all miss him greatly.

Mel; the one we loved so deeply
Is resting at Gods will.
May he always walk in sunshine
Gods love around him glow
For all the happiness he gave us

No one will ever know.
It broke our hearts to lose him
But he did not go alone
For a part of us went with him
The day God called him home.

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