The family of Melvin Schappert wish to announce his peaceful passing at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. He entrusted his spirit to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Monday, May 14, 2007 at the age of 84 years. Melvin will be greatly missed and is survived by his loving wife, Trudy of 57 years, three sisters, Virginia of Russell, Manitoba, Idene and Marion (Reinhold) of Langenburg, Saskatchewan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his son Jay (Sharon), daughter Melodee (Rob), grandson Tyler and granddaughter Hannah. Melvin was predeceased by his parents John and Katherine, sister Ruth and two brothers Ernie and Reuben.
Melvin was born near Marchwell, Saskatchewan on September 20th, 1922. At the age of 18 he enlisted June 8th, 1942 at Saskatoon, into the 22nd Field Company Royal Canadian Engineers. Basic Training was at Prince Albert, with Advanced Training at Chilliwack and Battle Drill Training took place in Port Alberni, BC. He was stationed at Chilliwack, Naniamo, Terrace, Vernon and Port Alberni. After a long wait he received the call to go overseas to Scotland, England, France and finally to Antwerp, Belgium. He was wounded in October of 1944 and repatriated to England for hospital and convalescence.
After the war, he enjoyed working on the farms in the Langenburg area. Melvin married Trudy in Marchwell in September of 1949 and moved to Winnipeg where he was employed with Eaton’s for many years. In 1957 they moved to Southern California and started a family. In 1971 Melvin moved his family to Vernon where he worked in the construction industry for many years. He loved to fish, enjoyed many sports and looked forward to baseball games at the annual church picnics. He also spent many hours volunteering at Eagle Bay Camp. He loved to build with wood and sawdust abounded in his basement work area.
Special thanks to Dr. Mandreck and to the 3 East staff for all their compassion and care that was shown to Melvin and the family.
Funeral service for the late Melvin Schappert will be held at Cornerstone Bible Church on Tuesday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm with Pastor Henry Friesen officiating. Internment will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. A reception will be held at the church following internment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Melvin’s memory to Eagle Bay Camp Building Fund, Box 10, Eagle Bay, BC, V0E 1T0.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bethel Funeral Chapel (542-1187).
Sheltered safely in the arms of God