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Lawrence Laverne Melvin

d. March 11, 2017

Lawrence Laverne Melvin, age 88, of Kinsman, OH, died Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his home. He was born December 19, 1928, in Kinsman,OH, a son of Lloyd J. Melvin, Sr. and Belle (Hobart) Melvin. A lifetime Kinsman area resident, Mr. Melvin was a 1946 graduate and class Valedictorian of Vernon High School. He owned and operated "Melvin's TV & Appliance" in Vernon for many years; and later was a rural mail carrier for Kinsman Post Office for 23 years, retiring in 1997. Mr. Melvin was a long time member of the Kinsman Presbyterian Church; and was a member of the Copper Penny Lodge #778 of Vienna, OH. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his vegetables with friends and family; and he loved to take care of his yard and feed the birds. Mr. Melvin married Betty J. (Mathews) on November 7, 1947, and she preceded him in death Dec. 25, 2005. He is also preceded by his parents; his son, Donald Melvin; his great grandson, Jeffrey Betts,Jr.; and his three brothers, Lloyd Melvin, Jr., Curtis Melvin, and Hobart Melvin. He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie (Bob) McDowall of Farmdale, OH, his son, Robert (Cheryl) Melvin of Kinsman,OH, his son, John "Jack" (Janine) Melvin of Orwell, OH, his daughter, Cindy (Bruce) Ault of Williamsfield,OH; his daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Melvin of Brookfield, OH; and his 19 Grandchildren and 34 Great Grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 11:00 AM at the Kinsman United Presbyterian Church, 6383 Church St., Kinsman,OH, with Rev. Susan Francis officiating. A private burial will take place in Kinsman Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 15th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman,OH. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512. An online guestbook is available at

Service Information


Kinsman Cemetery
Church St.
Kinsman OH 44428


Wednesday, March 15 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service of Kinsman
8569 Main St. P.O. Box 285
Kinsman OH 44428


Thursday, March 16 2017
11:00 AM

Kinsman Presbyterian Church
6383 Church St.
Kinsman OH 44428

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