Melvin Jack Erlandson died on Feb. 12, 2020, after years of battling cancer. He was born in 1946 to parents Ruth (Lindblom) and Fritz Erlandson in Waterbury, Conn.
   The son of Swedes, Mel was a quiet, intelligent and funny person who loved the outdoors and enjoyed being a little different.  He developed his own crossword puzzles, often given as gifts, and taught himself American Sign Language. As a teenager, in 1962 Mel experienced a tornado that destroyed many homes in his neighborhood; despite his injuries he followed the sounds of a baby and found the infant in the basement of a home torn away from its foundation. He graduated from Kaynor Tech in 1963.  Upon graduation, he worked as a tool and die maker at Chase Brass, where his father also worked.  Later in his life Mel, moved to Stephenson, Mich., to the Lindblom homestead, in the family since the late 1800s. Mel worshiped at Bethlehem Covenant Church, where his mother and grandparents also worshiped, were baptized and confirmed. He worked at K-Mart until he retired. Melvin Jack was a loving uncle, brother and friend. He will be missed.
    Mel is survived by many friends; his nephew, Nick; niece, Jen; grandnephews: Bennett and Tim; and grandnieces: Ainslie, Evelyn and Laura. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara.  A memorial service will be planned for later in 2020 when family can travel for services.  
    In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be given to Bethlehem Covenant Church.