O'Brien County Bell, 29 Dec. 1948, p. 1
Funeral Services Are Held For Melvin Urban
Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Sunday, December 26th, for Melvin Urban, 31, well-known man of this community, who passed away December 22nd at the Sioux Valley hospital in Cherokee. Mr. Urban's death came after he became seriously ill December 21 and his death on December 22 was caused by internal hemorrhages.
Rev. Lotte of Primghar, and Rev. Beebe, of Sibley, officiated at the services. Interment was made in the Cedar cemetery at Larrabee. Pallbearers were Lyle Witt, William Westphal, Clarence Swanson, William Cook, Burnell Mienke and Dale Nelson.
Melvin Charles Urban, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Urban, was born June 22, 1917, at Primghar, Iowa. He attended school in Gaza and Primghar, dropping out in the 10th grade on account of ill health.
He grew to manhood in this community, attended C. C. camp in the year of 1934. He entered the service February 4, 1941, when Roosevelt called for volunteers, and was medically discharged in December 1941. While in service he drove for officers on inspection trips in many southern states.
On November 10, 1941, he was united in marriage to Opal Tanner of Archer and to this union was born one daughter, Barbara Ann. He joined the American Legion at Randolph, Neb., in the summer of 1946. In season he helped his father do tiling and basement work and the rest of the time he drove trucks and trailers for many of the truckers in this vicinity.
On December 21, 1948, he was taken seriously ill and passed away December 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sioux Valley hospital in Cherokee of internal hemorrhages, at the age of 31 years and 6 months.
He leaves to mourn, his daughter, Barbara Ann, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Urban, one sister, Mae (Mrs. Chas. Steffen), Spencer, two brothers, Marion of Larrabee and Paul of Cleghorn. Also, six nephews and one niece, with many other relatives and host of friends everywhere. One sister, Fern Elizabeth, preceded him in death.
O'Brien County Bell, 29 Dec. 1948, p. 12
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincerest thanks and deep gratitude to all those whose comforting words and acts of kindness did so much for us in our hour of bereavement. We wish to especially thank those friends and neighbors for their beautiful flowers and those who contributed to the memorial fund.
Barbara Ann Urban
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Urban
Mr. and Mrs. C. Steffens and family
Mr. and Mrs. Marion Urban
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Urban and family
Transcribed by Alan Nicholson