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Melvin Alvin Pohlman

May 3, 1927 ~ July 29, 2019 (age 92)


Melvin A. Pohlman, 92, of Jackson, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau.

Melvin was born May 3, 1927, in northern Cape Girardeau County, to Fred and Cora Ruppel Pohlman.  He and Mildred Roth were married January 25, 1951, in Blytheville, Arkansas.  They had been married 61 years when Mildred passed away July 18, 2012.

Melvin was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim May 29, 1927 and confirmed March 17, 1940. He attended Perryville High School. Melvin enlisted in the United States Army June 12, 1951 and was honorably discharged May 14, 1953 at the rank of corporal. He was awarded three bronze star service medals and the United Nations Service Medal. He was a former member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 158 in Jackson and a former member of the VFW Post 3838 in Cape Girardeau. Melvin was a truck driver for many years and after retiring he drove a school bus for Immaculate Conception Catholic School and St. Paul Lutheran School in Jackson.

Loving survivors include two sons, Kenny and Steve (Peggy) Pohlman both of Jackson; two granddaughters, Michelle (Dwayne) Chapman of Paris, Missouri and Angie McIntire of Jackson; six great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by a brother Delmar Pohlman and two sisters, Erna Shell and Elda Kutscher.

Visitation starts at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.  At 7:30 p.m., guests are invited to join the family for the observance of an American Legion Honor Guard Service.

The funeral is at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1, 2019, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Douglas Breite officiating.

Burial and graveside military rites will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau.

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