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October 15, 1925-March 20, 2020

Melvin (Mel) V. Eggersgluss, 94, of Buffalo Minnesota, passed away in the comfort of his home surrounded by family on March 20, 2020.
Mel was born Oct 15, 1925, to Ernest and Emma Eggersgluss in Howard Lake MN. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1943. Mel joined the Marine Corp and was stationed in Dutch Harbor, Alaska from Nov. 1943 to Oct. 1944.Corporal Eggersgluss then transferred to Quantico Virginia for 6 months for small arms mechanics course. He served in the Korean War as staff Sergeant and at the Chosen Reservoir where he was wounded by sniper fire. Through extreme pain and numbing cold he voluntarily stayed at his post until he was injured again by grenade. His coolness under fire, resolute determination and unselfish devotion to duty were a source of great inspiration to all who observed him. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Battle of Inchon and the Gold star (2nd Bronze Star) and Purple Heart for Chosin Reservoir. He would often reminisce about his military career as the “Best time of my Life” (even though he went on to have 15 beautiful children!) He was medically discharged from the Marines due to the injuries sustained.

Mel married the love of his life, Marilyn Moore, in 1952. They stuck together through thick and thin. Together they raised 15 children, 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

He received his Electrical License from Dunwoody Institute and had a lifelong career as an electrician. He retired in 1990 but remained “on-call” to family, neighbors and friends his entire life. His unselfish Devotion to Duty extended to his family, church and country were the foundation of his character.

Mel was a voracious reader- a passion he passed down to his children. He enjoyed bingo, jigsaw puzzles, blackjack and cold beer. He got a kick out of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mel was a Republican to the core, a devout Catholic and a fast driver (racking up speeding tickets well into his 90’s) We will miss his dry sense of humor, the twinkle in his eye and those boisterous political discussions!

Mel is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, Parents Ernest and Emma, Brother Ralph Eggersgluss, Sister Elnor (Babe) Doherty, Nephews Bill Doherty and Gary Eggersgluss, Niece Louise Moore, Great Nephew Patrick Randall, Brother in law George (Delores) Moore, Orville (Sarah) Moore, Russell (Laverne) Moore, Eddie Moore, Denny (Ronni) Moore, sister in law Lauretta (Benny) Lepinski.

Mel is survived by his children Mary Jahnke, David Eggersgluss, Joanne (Pete) Ahearn, Christine (Din) Buckvold, Janie(Craig) Matthys, Kathleen Gerlach, Daniel (Cheryl) Eggersgluss, Julie (Tim) Moseley, Peter Eggersgluss, Marty (Michelle) Eggersgluss, Tom Eggersgluss, Annie (Roger Stroud) Eggersgluss, Joe Eggersgluss, Bob Eggersgluss, and Lynn (Bob) Vashro. Brother in law Marvin (Sally) Moore, Sister in laws Kathleen Ratican and Ronni Moore, 23 Grandchildren, 24 Great grandchildren: many nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Semper Fi

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Judy Loberg

    I enjoyed my visits with Uncle Mel and listening to his stories about the Korean War. Rest In Peace Mel. Judy

  2. Lisa Krebs

    Wow. So much I didn’t know about him. What an incredible man. He lived a full and rich life. I’m sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Robyn patri (Payne)

    Sorry for your loss!


    R.I.P. Melvin we were sorry to read of your passing. Do to the corvid-19 we won’t be able to come down for the funeral but our love and prayers go out to the family.
    Your cousin
    Robert and Betty Eggersgluss

  5. Mark & Denise Holthaus

    Mel lived a Long & Fruitful Life.
    Raised a Super Family and will Certainly be Missed by Everyone who ever met Him. Our Thoughts and Prayers now go out Him and to the entire Family. So Very Sorry for Your Loss.

  6. Del Haag

    Thoughts and prayers to the Eggersgluss family during this difficult time. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. (He didn’t hold back)

  7. Cathy (Stumpf) Quady

    Janie and family, Thinking of all of you in the loss of your father.

  8. Dawn Ward

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Mel and Marilyn at my father Gary’s funeral, (his nephew by Ralph) and we continued to send Christmas cards for several years. It appears he had a great family and a very plentiful life. Rest in peace Mel.

  9. Marie(Holthaus)Hegle

    So Sorry To Hear Of Your Dad’s Passing, May He Rest In Peace! My Thoughts and Prayers Go Out To The Family During This Difficult Time… God Bless You All

  10. Lisa E McNulty

    So terribly sorry for the loss of your father and a great man. God bless you all during this unprecedented time.
    Prayers and love to you all.

  11. Vern & Claire Solien

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Mel well,
    but knew of him. He was a visitor at STFX chapel in the hour
    after mine but we knew of the family. Our thoughts and prayers
    are with you at this time. What an admirable man, Vern was
    impressed with his record of service. He was quite a man.

  12. Lori & Bruce Quady

    Dear Pete and family, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

  13. Arlys and Bill LaPlant

    Mel was my driver to work when I graduated from high school in 1959,he was a joy to know and always enjoyed our visits up north. Rest In Peace Mel, blessings to your families!

  14. patricia henry

    Rest in peace uncle Melvin …I will remember you always as a kind & caring man …… Prayers & thoughts are with you all … Love Pat


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