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Obituary: Melvin Litchfield, 1939-2019

Underhill engineer and Navy vet worked for Oscar Meyer, Frito-Lay and Wyeth Nutrition

Published November 5, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.
Updated November 5, 2019 at 3:40 p.m.

Melvin Litchfield
  • Melvin Litchfield

Melvin W. Litchfield Jr., 80, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on October 15 in Underhill, Vt. He was surrounded by love and his favorite music.

He is survived by his wife, Cathryn Litchfield; children, Daniel (Laura) Litchfield and Teri Litchfield; and grandchildren, Isaiah and Kira Litchfield. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary, Cheryl and Lawrence (Mary); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mel was well loved and appreciated for his kind, supportive ways and quick wit. He enjoyed building and fixing almost anything, airplanes, skiing, horses, corny jokes, football, music, and spending time with family.

He was born in Madison, Wis., on May 10, 1939. He graduated from Madison East High School and the University of Wisconsin with degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic patrolling the Pacific Ocean from Midway Island to Alaska and loved to recount memories from this time of his life.

Mel worked as an engineer with Oscar Meyer, American Potato Company, Frito Lay and Wyeth Nutritionals.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 16, at Underhill ID School, 10 River Rd., Jericho, VT. Friends are invited to stop by and celebrate between 4 and 7 p.m.

The family would like to thank the Bayada Hospice team for their wonderful care during Mel's last days.

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