A celebration of life for Melvin Jaspering, 93 of Washington, will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the First Assembly of God Church in Washington with Pastor James Cluney officiating. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington. Visitation will be held Monday, November 11 from noon – 7:00 PM with the family present from 5 – 7 PM at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington. Melvin Jaspering died Friday, November 8, 2013 at the United Presbyterian Home in Washington. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Washington County or the First Assembly of God Church in Washington.
Melvin was born February 3, 1920 in Palmyra, Missouri, the son of F. H. and Clara Belle (White) Jaspering. He served in the Army during World War II from November 1941 to October 1945 in the 5th Armored Division; fighting in Germany, France, Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes. He earned five Battle Stars and the Bronze Star Medal for his service. On March 29, 1947 he was united in marriage to Darlyne Carey. Melvin lived most of his adult life in Washington and was a self employed bulldozer operator, specializing in soil conservation. He enjoyed auctions, fishing, hunting and time with the grandchildren.
Survivors include six children and spouses; Sandy and husband Mac Conrad of Washington, Linda and husband Mike Gardner of Washington, Don and wife Marcia Jaspering of Ames, IA., Rick and wife Bert Jaspering of Washington, Pam and husband Fred Witt of Washington, Mike and wife Tess Jaspering of Grimes, IA., ten grandchildren; Tracy Altenhofen, Toni McNair, Nancy and husband Jim Rich, Tim and wife Krista Jaspering, Shelley Jaspering, Aaron and Adam Jaspering, Austin and Michael Witt and Alex Jaspering, four great grandsons and one great granddaughter, three sisters; Gladys Hintz of Warrenton, Missouri, Violet VanBibber of Warrenton, Missouri and Gertrude McAllister of Salem, Missouri.
Preceding Melvin in death were his parents, his wife Darlyne in October, 2008, his daughter Deborah in June, 1981, four brothers and two sisters.