Melvin ‘Mel’ Cayer

GLADSTONE, MI. – Melvin L. “Mel” Cayer, age 71, of Gladstone, passed away Thursday January 9, 2013 at home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Mel was born February 25, 1941 in Escanaba the son of Arthur and Ester (Niemi) Cayer. He was raised in Forrest Lake, MI prior to being united in marriage to the former Ruth Hancock on January 9, 1960.

Mel was co-owner with his wife Ruth, of the Delta Door Company in Gladstone from 1978 until the sale of the business in 1998. Mel loved airplanes, his favorite pastime was flying his plane to many different locations throughout the United States.

His other hobbies included fishing, camping, hunting, cooking and gardening.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Ruth, survivors include, son: Richard (Mary) Cayer of Gladstone, daughters: Catherine (John) Bolm of Marquette, Darlene “Rene” West of Mount Sterling, OH and Kimberly Greer of Green Bay, WI. sister: Dorothy Bender of Suamico, WI, 7 grandchildren: Melissa, Tamara, Brian, Katlin, David, Madeline and Joseph, 4 great grandchildren: Peyton, Laci, Isabelle and Raymond, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Mel’s family will receive friends on Saturday January 12, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mel Cayer will follow at 2:00 with Rev. Paula Marvic of the Trinity Episcopal Church officiating.

Luncheon will follow at the All Saints Church in Gladstone. Entombment will be at the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Escanaba and Gladstone are assisting the Cayer family.

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