Melvin Gale Thatcher, born on January 9, 1933 in Houston, Texas-called home to be with the Lord on July 6, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Thatcher; parents, L.D. and Treavy Thatcher; daughters, Marla and Keum Thatcher; cousin, Opal Louise Buck. Melvin is survived by his daughter Kelly Thatcher and partner Matt Cornell; son, Wayne Thatcher and wife Susie; daughter, Julie Maroul and husband Keith; grandchildren, Katherine “Katy” Johnson, Brandon Thatcher, Rebecca “Becky” Watts and Heath Maroul; and many other beloved family members and lifelong friends.
Melvin was a hard-working man and never idle. He worked for Gulf Oil and retired from Waukesha Pearce with over 20-years of dedicated service in various positions.
In his free time, he was President and Radio Operator for BVARC, a Ham Radio Club. During his years with BVARC, he took a great deal of pride in opportunities that being a ham radio operator allowed him, such as helping the Boy Scouts as well as assisting soldiers with messaging home during Operation Desert Storm. Ham Radio Operators had QSL Cards and Melvin loved his vast collection he accumulated over the years. He met many people through Ham Radio that he remained friends with to present day. One of his great joys was traveling to Australia to meet a radio friend face-to-face.
In 2010 he joined the Rosenberg Masonic Lodge 881. At that time, he was the eldest gentleman to start out and earn his Master Mason Degree. He participated in lodge cook-offs, making raffle items, judging BBQ contests, and other tasks as he was able. There was a special smile that Melvin shared with fellow Mason’s. His face and blue eyes would light up when he was called Brother Hop. As an only child this was his welcoming into a cherished brotherhood.
Melvin had a wide variety of hobbies over the years that made him very proud. One of which was his collection of arrowheads. As a young boy, while living in Freeport, he found his first arrowhead and became fascinated with it. His mother often shared stories with him about their Indian heritage, which contributed to his desire to learn more. He went on to study geology at the University of Houston and was self-taught in flint-knapping (making arrowheads). He loved making his own points and knives, as well as long bows and arrows. He also spent time doing watch and clock repair and restoration. Of all his hobbies, he loved to travel and go fishing more than anything. Trips in earlier years were planned around the best fishing holes. After retirement he and his wife Mary traveled often and were thrilled to bring their granddaughter Katy along to show her many places around the world.
He was always a story teller and in the latter years you could see a glow as he would reminisce and reflect on the many adventures he had in his lifetime. Those stories and memories will always be cherished.