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October 15, 1947 - April 5, 2020
Gary James Melin (72) of Hermantown, MN passed in peace April 5, 2020.
Gary was a loving father, husband and close friend to many. A hard working, honest man, he always stayed true to his own values. He was kind-hearted to people and loved animals, especially deer and his dog Harley. Gary was an accomplished waterfowl wood carver. In younger years he was an active member of Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed special times with close friends at the Bear River deer shack. Gary loved being with his sons and grandchildren enjoying nature. His friends remember him as a lifelong jokester and an avid Vikings fan. Gary was a residential contractor and developer in Hermantown. Part of his legacy was the Grouse Ridge and Cedar Ridge Development.
Family members passing before him include parents Helmer and Mabel Melin, son Travis Melin, sister BeverLee Kallberg and brother-in-law James Kallberg.
Gary is survived by his wife Karen, son Dustin (Holly) Melin, grandchildren Jake and
Haley Melin and Brooks Maxwell, brother Gerald (Kathleen) Melin and many extended, caring family members.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held when possible. Special thanks to all neighbors, First Responders, EMT’s and Essentia Health medical staff. We all love and miss Gary and our family would appreciate any stories, memories, or pictures that you may put there.