May 8, 1925 ~ March 15, 2011

Born in: Milwaukee, WI,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Melvin John Wallk, 85, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in the Charles George VA Medical Center. A native of Milwaukee, WI, he was the son of the late Cornelius and Gertrude Wallk. He was an Army veteran, serving in WWII as a supply sergeant in England, France and Belgium. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a BS degree in Economics and did graduate work at the American Institute for Foreign Trade at Thunderbird Field outside of Phoenix, AZ. Mel worked in International Sales and Marketing, including five years living and working in Germany for AMF. He had a smile and friendly words for everyone he met and spoke loving words daily to his wife of 33 years, Barbara. He was a talented athlete and excelled at any sport he tried. His favorite sport in his later years was tennis. (He was a master of the drop shot) He had a great sense of humor and had the rare gift of being able to laugh at himself. In addition to his wife, Mel is survived by his sister Gloria Klinter and her husband, Roger; his nieces Deborah Umhoefer and her husband, Jeff, and Pamela Klinter and nephews, David Klinter and his wife, Denise, Robert Klinter and his wife, Kay and Paul Klinter; his grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephew. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Wisconsin. Because of Mel's love of the arts, memorials may be made to any theater group. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Paul and I are deeply sorry to hear about Mel. He was always so friendly and had a smile for all. We will truly miss his presence in the book group.

  2. Barbara,

    When I heard of Mel’s passing, I immediately thought of watching you and Mel singing together with the starry-eyed look of young lovers.

    My deepest sympathy,

    Rory Novell

  3. Dear Barbara,

    My deepest condolences to you, Barbara, and to your family on Mel’s passing. He had a smile and friendly greeting whenever I saw him at the Center. There was a quality to his smile always brought my own father to mind. He will be missed.

  4. Barbara–Please know we are all here for you. I can still see Mel sitting in the Cauldron with that blue scarf around his neck. We will all miss him.


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