1930 Melvin 2014

Melvin Daxenbichler

August 1, 1930 — February 16, 2014

Melvin E. Daxenbichler, 83, of Bartonville, passed away at 7:35 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on August 1, 1930 in Peoria, a son of Felix and Irma (Koeppel) Daxenbichler. He married Leeda Julien on August 31, 1952 in Peoria. She survives.
Melvin is also survived by his daughter, Linda (Dave) Moore of Peoria; three sons, David (Cindy) of East Peoria, Mike (Laura) of Bartonville and Gary (Darla) of Washington; brother, Bob (Mary) Daxenbichler of Peoria; sister, Phyllis Jean Jones of East Peoria; eleven grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Darlene Kraft; and two grandsons, Joe Daxenbichler and Daniel Daxenbichler.
Melvin was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving with “C” Company 8 th Infantry, during the Korean War Conflict. He fought battles, including the “Frozen Chosin Reservoir”.  He received the Korean Service Medal and a Purple Heart in 1950.
He was a chemist for over thirty years for Northern Regional Lab in Peoria. After retiring, he taught chemistry at Illinois Central College.
For many years, he donated his time with Limestone Youth Baseball where he coached, was president and served on the Board of Directors.
Melvin was a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and the Bradley Braves basketball team. He always made great efforts to watch and listen to all of their games.
He was parishioner of St. Ann Parish in Peoria, with a very strong and resilient faith.
There will be no public visitation or service. Inurnment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Ann Parish, Limestone Youth Baseball or the American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Clary Funeral Home, 3004 West Lake Avenue, in Peoria.

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