Melvin R. Schlegel, age 80, of Archer City, Texas, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2014, at the Hamilton Hospital in Olney, Texas. Services will be held at10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, with Rev. Dale Snyder, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. Monday in the Archer City Cemetery under the direction of Aulds Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Melvin was born Dec. 15, 1933, in Olney to the late Wilbert G. Schlegel and Lydia Kunkel Schlegel. He graduated from Olney High School in 1951 and then attended Texas Tech University on a football scholarship. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1955. While attending Tech, he was a Saddle Tramp and a charter member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Immediately after graduation, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he was an AAA Weapons Crewman during the Korean War. After his discharge, he returned to this area and he and Tamsey Jernigan were married on November 27, 1959, in Wichita Falls. He was employed as a production supervisor for the Carnation Milk Co., having worked in Wichita Falls and Dallas until 1972. In 1972, he moved his family to Archer City and became a franchisee for White’s Auto Stores. After White’s sold to another company, the store became M & T Schlegel which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1996.
He had also been a farmer on his family’s land in Young County from 1983 up until his death. Survivors include his wife, Tamsey, of Archer City; his son, Max Schlegel, and his wife, Rhonda, of Electra, Texas; his daughter, Kelly McCorkle, and her husband, Mark, of Olney; his sister, Velma Ethridge, of Kermit, Texas; six grandchildren: Erin Staley and her husband, Steven, of Electra, Devin Lee of Electra, Keith McCorkle of Windthorst, Texas, Ben McCorkle and his wife, Alyssa, of Fort Worth, Texas, Whitney Holt and her husband, Taylor, of Stephenville, Texas, and Brent McCorkle of Olney; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Matthew McCorkle. The family suggests memorials to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund, 4605 Cypress Avenue, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310, or to a charity of your choice.