Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Melvin W. “Meps” Ruesch, 99, of Medford passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 14, 1918 to August and Ida Ruesch in Medford. He was a graduate of Medford High School. After his education he went on to own and operate West Side Grocery in Medford for 27 years. He later worked at Weather Shield until his retirement.
Melvin was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, an active member of Knights of Columbus, past member and officer of Wisconsin Timberline Beagle Club, and past member of Northern Michigan Hare Association.

He will be best remembered for his generosity and for doing one good deed every day.

Melvin is survived by two sons Jay (Jean) Ruesch of Medford and Lee (Bonnie) Ruesch of Rogers, AK; three daughters Mary (Barry Brusseau) Ruesch of Wausau, Lynn (George) Ruesch of Hayward, and Fay Ruesch of Elkhorn; 9 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Melvin is preceded in death by his wife Geraldine “Jerrie” Ruesch, two grandsons Douglas Ruesch and Mitchell Steindl 7 brothers, and 1 sister.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Melvin will take place on Monday, April 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 11:30 AM with Father Phil Juza officiating. Burial at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery will follow. Visitation will take place on Monday, April 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Melvin’s name may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church or Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at