Melvin LaVerene Mays, 86 years of age, of Lincoln, Nebraska (formerly of the Orleans area)

Graveside Memorial Services and Inurnment for Melvin L. Mays will be conducted from the Orleans Cemetery at Orleans, Nebraska on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jim Bendorf officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Orleans Harold Morin Post #184 in conjunction with the United States Army National Guard Honors Team.

Melvin LaVerene Mays, 86 years of age, of Lincoln, Nebraska (formerly of the Orleans area) passed away on January 2, 2011, at the McKee Hospital in Loveland, Colorado. Melvin was born October 10, 1924 on a farm south of Alma, Nebraska, one of six children born to George and Inez (Gildersleeve) Mays. Melvin attended school in Alma for 11 years. His family moved to Orleans where he graduated from Orleans High School with the Class of 1942.

After graduation, Melvin was inducted to the United States Army on July 8, 1943 at Fort Crook, Nebraska. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Melvin was honorably discharged on April 5, 1946 at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland.

Melvin was united in marriage to Doris J. Humes on January 2, 1952 and to his union five children were born: Michael, Debbie, Lisa, Susan and Jeff.

Melvin excelled in many sports, with softball and bowling being only two of his achievements. He also had a great love for his family and friends.

Melvin was employed for Burlington Northern Railroad for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jeffery Lynn Mays; brother: Gilbert Mays; sisters: Loretta Nickerson, Norma Jean Quinn and Donna Fix.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Doris of Lincoln, Nebraska; son, Michael Mays and his wife, Deb of Cortland, Nebraska; daughters: Debra Keller and her husband, Randy of Keller, Texas, Lisa Mays-Schultz and her husband, Peter of Loveland, Colorado and Susan Mays of Lincoln; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many others relatives and friends.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.

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