FAIRMONT - Services for Melvin V. "Babe" Raygor, 91 of Welcome, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service at the Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Fairmont with full military honors by the Welcome American Legion Post 553, Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County VFW Post 1222.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, and will continue until the time of service.
Babe passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, Minn. Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Melvin V. "Babe" Raygor was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Fairmont, Minn., the son of Marcellus and Grace (Brown) Raygor. He attended school in Fairmont. Following his education, he served in the Signal Corps before transferring to the Infantry, and later he transferred to the Air Force. Babe entered the service in 1942, and received his honorable discharge in 1945. Babe was a life member of the Disabled Veterans and also a member of the Welcome American Legion Post 553.
On Sept. 3, 1949, Melvin was united in marriage to Gladys Owens in Reno, Nev. In 1955, they moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where Babe worked for Flower City Box and engineered equipment later working for Texan Camper Factory. In 1982, Babe retired from Waterloo Industry and in 1984, he and Gladys moved to Welcome, Minn. Babe was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Minn. In his spare time, Babe enjoyed working with wood and making birdhouse for friends and family.
Left to cherish his memory is a niece, LaDonna Schiweger and her husband, Daryll of Fairmont, Minn.; as well as many other nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
Babe was preceded in death by his parents, Marcellus and Grace Raygor; his wife, Gladys who passed away in 1986; two brothers, Wilbert Raygor and Ivan Raygor; and three sisters, Lillian Trainor, Flossie Eltgroth, and Velma Witt.