Lakeview – Melvin E. Schreiber, age 84, of Lakeview (formally of Amble), passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, August 9, 2017. Melvin was born July 3rd, 1933 in Amble to Edward Charles and Minnie (Hansen) Schreiber. Growing up on the farm a mile north of Amble, Mel enjoyed everything outdoors – farming, of course, and also hunting, fishing, and trapping. He attended the one room school, Barton School, on the corner of Yankee Road and Bailey before transferring to Morley Schools. At Morley, Mel was a strong athletic performer achieving all-state honors in both basketball and baseball. He was also very proud of his FFA participation. Melvin worked as a milk truck driver after graduation from High School then became a tool maker at Morley Tool and Die before switching to the Federal Mogul plant in Greenville where he worked for most of his tool-making career until his retirement in 1993. His other full-time job was being a farmer; milking cows, and hauling hay.
He married Alice May Keating, his wife of 64 years, on October 25, 1952 and together they spent most of their lives on the 120-acre hobby farm where he was born. They eventually sold the farm as Melvin’s health failed and retired to Youngman Road in Lakeview. Alice preceded Melvin in death two weeks ago on July 25, 2017, and no doubt called him home to do a couple more jobs for her.
He is survived their two children, Kathy Matthews of Lakeview. Mike Schreiber and his wife Kristi of Remus, and 6 grandchildren – Grandson David Schreiber, wife Rhiannon, and children Rainey and Jesse; grandson Marc Schreiber, wife Erin and children Gabe and Abby; granddaughter Ashleigh Ali and husband Yusuf; grandson Tyler Dunham and wife Katina; granddaughter Jennifer Hoaglin and husband Matt and children Dylan and Morgan; and grandson Mike Matthews. Mel will be remembered and forever loved by his entire family. He was a tireless worker as evidenced by eight hours a day, six or seven days a week in the shop – and then also doing all of his farming, as well as bailing hay for many neighbors. He, of course, deeply instilled this solid work ethic in both of his two children.
He was also a tireless hunter and enjoyed nothing more than trapping a friend or family member into hearing him tell a meticulously detailed account of one of his successful hunting stories. Education was also very important to Melvin, and he was very proud of both of his children for working in the Lakeview Community Schools system. Kathy worked in the elementary building and took care of both Melvin and Alice for many years in their home as their health declined. Mel switched from being a Morley Mohawk fan to a Lakeview Wildcat follower when his teacher son, Mike, returned to the area and coached various sports at Lakeview for many years. Watching ballgames was almost as much fun as hunting for him. His favorite saying was ‘Daylight in the swamp’ which meant it was time to get out of bed – usually way too early – and head out for a new adventure, to a hunting stump. No ‘plush’ hunting shack for Melvin; he was old school – hearty and strong. Now, we’re sure that dad with his strong religious faith is once again saying ‘Daylight in the swamp’ as he passes in death to his new adventure.
Funeral services for Mel will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm with visitation at 1:00 pm at Amble United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Hollander and Rev. Anne Reigler officiating. The family will accept friends on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, MI. A light luncheon at the church will follow a graveside service in Amble Cemetery. Those wishing to contribute in Mel’s memory are asked to consider marking family choice.
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