Melvin J. Latare, 89, of Oxford Junction, passed away at Pinicon Place in Anamosa on April 8, 2019.

A funeral service was held Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Oxford Junction. Friends called on Thursday, April 11, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Oxford Junction. Burial will be held at Mayflower Cemetery with Military Honors.

Melvin John Latare was born on Aug. 13, 1929, in Jones County, Iowa, to Jens and Freida (Petersen) Latare. He was a graduate of Oxford Junction High School in 1947. He served honorably and faithfully in the United States Navy.

He married Sharon Jeffery on Jan. 17, 1953, at the United Methodist Church in Oxford Junction.

Over the years, he worked as an industrial electrician. He helped on the family farm and farmed with his brother for several years.

Melvin was a member of the United Methodist Church in Oxford Junction, the Masonic Lodge and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local No. 145. He was an avid Cubs fan who enjoyed playing cards and especially his pinochle club.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Rhonda (Mark) Ingwersen, Brad (LeeAnn) Latare, Lyndon Latare and Danette (Clay) Pestka; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, with three on the way; and a brother, Merlin (Audrey) Latare.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Norman; sister, Alta Brinkman; two sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law.

Memorials may be directed to the family in Melvin’s honor.  

The family of Melvin would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pinicon Place and Unity Point Hospice for the great care they gave to him.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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