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Melvin E. Luther Jr.

October 11, 1937 ~ March 16, 2020 (age 82)



Melvin E. Luther Jr., 82, Wausau, died Monday March 16, 2020 at the Hospice House.


He was born October 11, 1937 in Evanston, Illinois, son of the late Melvin Sr. and Julia (Hurd) Luther.  On October 11, 1969 he married Mary Ann H. Faillaci at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic in West Allis.  She survives.


Melvin was a member of the Army National Guard 1-105 Tank Company Armor Unit, Antigo and was activated to Fort Lewis, Washington for the Berlin Crisis and Viet Nam.  After graduation from Elcho High School in 1955, Melvin attended UW River Falls for two years and later graduated from MATC from the Machinist program.


Melvin helped his father on their potato farm in Elcho and was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and their Holy Name Society in Elcho.  Later, Melvin was employed with Hammerblow in Wausau, then Murray Machinery as a machinist.  He also worked at Jarp and after retirement, had done repair delivery for the Sears Corporation.  The Luther’s have been members of St. Michael Parish in Wausau since 1974.


Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, a daughter, Melanie Luther, Minneapolis, two grandchildren, Isabella and Benjamin Javidan and one step grandson, Charles Sparrow.


The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday May 15, 2020 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside.  Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Visitation will be on Friday May 15 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Family and friends wishing to pay their respects are asked to practice social distancing and keep the State recommendation of 10 or less individuals present at one time in mind. Your patience is requested as measures will be taken to abide by the special guidelines currently in place.


Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at

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May 15, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church (Wausau)

Funeral Mass
May 15, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church (Wausau)

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