Melvin Aarseth


Melvin Rodney Aarseth, 92, died Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Samaritan Bethany Arbor Terrace.

Melvin was born on January 31, 1932 to Albert and Bertha (Sandness) Aarseth in LaMoure, ND. He graduated from LaMoure High School in 1951 and Moorhead State College in 1960. Melvin married Kathryn Gloria Nesheim on April 11, 1953 in Valley City, ND. He was a teacher for 31 years and retired in 1991. He was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church and Sons of Norway.

Melvin enjoyed fishing, his family, his grandkids, sharing a meal and a glass of wine, and a good laugh.

Melvin is survived by his children, Lisa Beth (Jim) Kruchowski of Rochester, MN and Eric Alan (Stephane) Aarseth of Anchorage, AK; sisters, Lois Hovel of Valley City, ND and Carol Roe of Plymouth, MN; and 4 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Aarseth; parents, Bertha and Albert Aarseth; and sister, Eldean Bjerke.

A memorial service will be at 2pm at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester on Friday, May 31, 2024 with visitation one hour prior to service. A reception will follow the service.

Memorials may be given to Zumbro Lutheran Church (link below) or Arbor Terrace.

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  1. Mel was my uncle, his wife Kathryn my dad’s sister. I loved him dearly and will miss him very much. Always inquiring and interested in others, he could dominate a room in a good way. I always enjoyed being with him over the years

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