Obit: Tennis, Melvin J. (1903 - 1961)

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Surnames: Tennis, Pinion, Johnson, Fischer, Bloom, Domer, Kaufman, Walch, Tesmer, Meyer, Laack, Jost, Shelley, Loos, Dix

----Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Clark County, Wis.) Friday 05/12/1961

Tennis, Melvin J. (5 July 1903 - 3 May 1961)

Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colby, Wisconsin, for Melvin J. Tennis, 57, who passed away May 3 at the hospital following a stroke. Father John B. Pinion officiated and burial was made in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Pallbearers, members of the village board, were Forrest Johnson, Bud Fischer, Leo Bloom, Ted Domer and Fred Kaufman.

Honorary pallbearers, members of the board of directors of the Colby State Bank, were Vernon Loos, Oscar Dix, Paul Walch, Woodrow Tesmer, Corwin Dallman and Russel Meyer.

A lifelong resident of Unity, Mr. Tennis was born July 5, 1903. He attended Unity High School and at the age of 18 became a teller at the Unity State Bank until it merged with the Colby Bank. Later he served as cashier and director and at the time of his death was Executive Vice President.

He married the former Francis Laack at Dorchester September 22, 1928.

He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and served as village clerk for 25 years and village trustee 5 years.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Joanne Jost and Mrs. Janice Shelley, Unity; one son, Jerome, Unity; two brothers, Sylvester Tesmer, Kimberly; and Bernard Tennis, Unity; and 5 grandchildren.

Relatives and friends were here for the funeral from Glencoe, Ill.; Kimberly, Racine, Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Medford, Dorchester, Abbotsford, Stetsonville, Wausau, Stevens Point, Butternut and Chicago.



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