Melvin Von Bank

A memorial mass for Melvin Von Bank was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, May 14, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Algona. Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary at 4:45 p.m., on Monday, May 13, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church.

Melvin "Fritz" Charles Von Bank was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Irvington, the son of John and Christina (Kenne) Von Bank. Melvin attended Sherman District #3 country school through the eighth grade and then began working.

On Nov. 15, 1961, Melvin made what he considered "the best decision ever," marrying Anna Marie and becoming the father to her five children. The wonderful love they shared with one another was a cornerstone in their lives and eventually added three more children of their own to their family.

Melvin had numerous jobs and was the jack of all trades. His favorites were owning and operating the Von Bank Oil Company and working for Black Top Service. He also had a passion for farming and driving truck. Melvin was a man of a lot of ambition and hard work.

Melvin was generous, loving, caring, optimistic and a dear friend to many. He loved to visit and most would say he had the gift of gab. Most of all, Melvin loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also served on the St. Joseph School Board and was a member of St. Cecelia Catholic Church.

Melvin died Friday, May 10, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society - Algona. He was 91.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie of Algona; children, Ruth (Sid) Simonson of Whittemore, Jean (Joe) Mikes of West Bend, Charles (Pansy) Streit of Livermore, Linda (Gary) Carney of Cedar Falls, George (Kelly) Streit of Bode, Donald (Sandi) Von Bank of Bode, Delores "Lori" (Ed) Beisch of Manilla, and Karen Cunningham of Baxter; 21 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; siblings, Geraldine Von Bank of Algona, Pat (Betty) Von Bank of Clear Lake, Bob Von Bank of Algona; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant granddaughter, Brittany; great-granddaughter, Serenity; siblings, Harold Von Bank, John J. Von Bank, Arlene (Robert) Wood; and sister-in-law, Kay Von Bank.

Online condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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