Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes: Obituaries

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Paul Emmitt Melby Paul Emmitt Melby
(August 2, 1975 - May 14, 2011)

Paul E. Melby, 35, of Byron, MN, died Saturday, May 14, 2011 at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Paul Emmitt Melby was born August 2, 1975 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota to Robert and Phyllis (Morinville) Melby. He was raised in Oklee, Minnesota and graduated as Valedictorian in 1994 at Oklee High School. Paul attended North Dakota State University and graduated with honors in electrical engineering in 1999. He married Shelly Huot on June 12, 1999 in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. He started his career at IBM in 1999 as an electrical engineer. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron. Paul enjoyed volleyball, football, basketball, golf, and he was a member of Team R.E.D. running group in Byron. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and camping. He had a love for life, and especially loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Shelly of Byron; his three children, Anna, Madison, and Carson; his parents, Robert and Phyllis Melby of Oklee, MN; a sister, Rachel (David) Fox of Owatonna, MN; ten nieces; and eight nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and a brother, Ryan.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 202 - 4th St NW, Byron, MN with Father Paul Surprenant officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday from 10:00 a.m. till the time of the service at the church. A prayer service will be held Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Oklee, MN followed by the burial in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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