Melvin John Hettervig of Kasson died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

He was born in Buxton, N.D., on Feb. 7, 1937, to Gena and Melvin Hettervig. He attended school in Buxton and graduated in 1955. Preceding graduation, he entered the United States Navy. After graduating, he was assigned to Patrol Squadron Nine at Alameda Naval Air Station in California. He attended Wahpeton State School of Science.

On June 17, 1961, he married Katherine Ann Huard.

In 1958, he was hired by the IBM Corporation where he was employed until his retirement in 1992. While employed at IBM, he held a number of different positions. He was a computer operations manager at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas. He proudly helped support the Gemini and Apollo missions. In 1970, he transferred to New York to become a systems support programmer on large scale computers. He transferred to Rochester in 1977 to work as a system support/applications programmer.

In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine; children, Cynthia (Mark Staub) of Burnsville, Stefanie (Randy Barnes) of Preston, Gena McNeill of Kasson, Mary (Troy Knutson) of Kasson and Laura (Brian Weis) of Dodge Center; grandchildren, John Staub, Thomas Staub, Jacob Knutson, Garrett Barnes, Bailey Barnes, Katie McNeill, Brenden Knutson, Cassi McNeill, Kylie McNeill and David Weis; sisters, Muriel Vincent of Portland, Ore., Vivian Christopherson of Madison and Ruby Breiland of Portland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Maynard, Paul and Arlen; a sister, Delores Chapman; and grandson, Benjamin Staub.

The funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 23, at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in Kasson. Burial was at the Pine Island Cemetery in Pine Island.

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