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Melvin Bolsinger
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1917
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1955
Wrangell Borough
Alaska, USA

Melvin and his younger sister, Dorothy, were raised by their parents, George Bolsinger and Martha E. Cantrell in a small community, called Manitou, just south of Tacoma in the State of Washington. He was a popular, no fear adventurous spirit who was good in sports, thoughtful of his sister and parents, an avid reader and a "golden boy" with tow-head hair. Summertime was spent with his family on Lake Steilacoom where Mel swam and fished and read. He was active in the Manitou Presbyterian Church. Before he graduated from Lincoln High his mother suffered a stroke. His sister dropped a semester to provide for her. Then Mel, after he graduated, provided the care while his sister graduated. During the day their father was busy in his dental practice. Melvin served during WWII. He married Eunice Walker the summer of 1941. They had two children, first a son and then a daughter. Melvin and Eunice had their own restaurant called My Wife's Cafe in Sumner, WA. Mel was the cook. They lived in an apartment over the cafe. Later, Mel started a trucking company in Valdez, Alaska ( while it was still just a Territory.) He employed drivers who drove back and forth on the AlCAN hiway taking goods to the lower States. Later, his family moved to Wrangell, AL. where he then had a seaplane and floated his timber to market.
Sept. 9th 1955, he had an early call that his logs had broken out of their confinement and needed to be found. He flew out and did what needed to be done. On his return, during his landing in Wrangell Bay, something went wrong. His seaplane took a nose dive straight into the very deep bay. Two fishermen saw him surface with his eyes rolled back and held out a hook for him to grab. He re-submerged. His body was never found. 
Family links: 
  George Elliott Bolsinger (1876 - 1943)
  Martha Elizabeth Cantrell Bolsinger (1884 - 1942)
  Eunice Maxine McConnell Upton (1917 - 2010)*
  Melvin Bolsinger (1917 - 1955)
  Dorothy Bolsinger McPhillips (1920 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Body was not recovered from plane crash into Bay at Wrangell
Created by: Dona McPhillips
Record added: Aug 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40707635
Melvin Bolsinger
Added by: Dona McPhillips
Melvin Bolsinger
Added by: Dona McPhillips
Melvin Bolsinger
Added by: Dona McPhillips
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Uncle Mel, You lived a short life but you made your mark on all of us, your children, your wife, your sister and me. You have never been forgotten, but always loved. Dona
 Added: Oct. 4, 2009

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