Mel Andrew TanMel A. Tan, 78, of Cloquet, Minn., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet.
Mel A. Tan, 78, of Cloquet, Minn., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born April 9, 1932, in Superior, Wis., to Eric and Ellen (Liikala) Tan. The family moved to a farm in Esko, Minn., and Mel graduated from Esko High School in 1950. He attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and graduated in 1954 with a business degree. Mel was united in marriage to Phyllis Peterson in 1954 and soon after he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he had his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Mel then served 1 1/2 years in Schweinfurt, Germany (working supply). He taught government for the Duluth school district at Ordean Junior High for many years. Mel served on the Cloquet City Council and as Mayor, and also as a Carlton County Commissioner for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, cooking, and spending time at the lake. His family was the most important thing, especially his grandchildren.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Dorothy Lekson.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis; one daughter, Lori (Jim) Hatch of Cloquet; grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Maunu, Megan (Matt) Johnson, and Austin Hatch; one great-grandchild, Aada Maunu; two brothers, Henry (Barb) Tan and Norman Tan; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sunnyside Heath Care for their exceptional loving care given to Mel. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cloquet Area Young Life.
Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 until the 3:30 p.m. memorial service at the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, with a Military Flag Presentation by the Cloquet Honor Guard. A time of fellowship and a meal will follow in the church social hall.
The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet to assist them with arrangements. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.
December 2, 2010 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.