Aug. 17, 1943 – July 30, 2017
On Aug. 17, 1943 Melvin was the youngest of Cecil and Helen Langdon’s ten children to be born and raised on the family farm near Bertwell, Saskatchewan. For him this started a life-long love of farming. Melvin spent many years grain farming with his brother Leonard, and expanded into a mixed cow/calf and grain farm (for 25 years). Melvin always took a lot of pride in putting in a good days work.
In 1964, Melvin married the love of his life Rita, together they had four beautiful daughters and proudly sustained a rural lifestyle. In his younger years during the winter months Melvin worked with his brother(s) Leonard and Ray logging and running a skider. At times in the summer, Melvin also custom baled for the Hudson Bay Dehy.
In 2001 Melvin and Rita sold their family farm in Saskatchewan and moved to a small farm near Blufft in Alberta to be close to their children and grandchildren.
For the past 16 years Melvin worked with his good friend Roy Soroka at C+G Farms where he made many good friends and became a respected member of the community.
Melvin passed away peacefully but unexpectedly July 30 with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years (Rita), daughters Janice (John), Gwen (Erik), Cheryl (Doug), Carrie (Rory), 11 Grandchildren – Lance (Terri), Tyler, Shane (Megan), Erica (Steven), Jamie, Kasey, Jordan, Brandon, Brady Jasmine, Brooke, and three great grandchildren Reed, Chase, and Saje. Also survived by Brother Leonard (Bernice), Sisters Leona, Verna, and Lillian(Bert), in-laws Gareth (Janet), Bernice (Wally), Reg (Lana), as well as many niece’s, nephew’s, cousins, and friends. Melvin was predeceased by sisters Phyllis, Myrtle, Evelyn, Florance, and Gerty.
Melvin loved playing as much as he loved working. If he had quiet time he always had a book in his hand, and passed the love of reading and learning onto his children.
When he lived in the Weekes / Bertwell area between the duties of farming, he developed a special fondness for hunting and curling, he was a longstanding member of the Weekes Elks Club, as well as sat on the Co-op Board.
He has also always enjoyed camping and fishing (when he would end up tying a lot of lines, and unhooking someones line all while holding onto his own favourite broken rod). Melvin was always up for playing cards or games, and entertaining friends and family. In his later years Melvin also loved to holiday in warm places especially enjoying Cuba.
For all of his life and one of his greatest qualities is he was a great family man. He was always a wonderful and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. We were all gifted some of his wisdom. His life was lived from a place of hard work and great love, and always support. Melvin was an amazing role model gifting those who chose to know him with a great gift of acceptance.