Melvin C. Ortel

Melvin C. Ortel

Melvin C. Ortel, 85, of New Palestine, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2013, in New Palestine, Ind. He was the first baby born on October 21, 1927, at Coleman Hospital to the parents of Edward and Bessie (Bruce) Ortel in Indianapolis, Ind.

He attended Earlham College and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree. Melvin served in the Army during WW II.

He worked as an accountant and tax preparer for Mel’s Tax Service for fifty years. He was an avid beekeeper. Melvin was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, former Treasurer for the church, usher and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the L.L.L., the Lutheran Layman’s League.

Surviving Melvin are his wife, Mildred; children, Tim (Aiko) Ortel of Saratoga, Calif., Bruce (Becky) Ortel of Tallahassee, Fla., Mark (Peggy) Ortel of Centerpoint, Ind., Marcia (Fred) Foster of Greenwood, Debra (Steve) Jones of Attica, Ind., Karen Ortel of Beech Grove, David Ortel of Lafayette, Ind. and Paul (Connie) Ortel of Indianapolis; sister, Audrey Ortel of New Palestine; brother, Don (Marlis) Ortel of New Palestine; sister-in-law Ruth Ortel of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Anne, Elizabeth, Cory, Kaleigh, Dana, Kathy and Sam; and one great-granddaughter, Caitlan.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Elmer Ortel and Tommy Ortel.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in New Palestine, with the funeral service immediately following at 1 p.m. Pastor Jason Taylor will be officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in New Palestine.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 W. 300 S. New Palestine, IN 46163.

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