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904 W. Washington Street
Cuba, MO 65453
Phone: 573-885-3355
Fax: 573-885-3913
Melvin Kamler

Melvin J. Kamler

Wednesday, May 10th, 1933 - Monday, September 9th, 2019
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Melvin J. Kamler of Cuba, Missouri was born to the union of Joe and Ida E. (Enloe) Kamler on Wednesday, May 10, 1933 in Franklin County, Missouri. He left from this life on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Missouri at the age of 86 years.

Melvin was united in marriage to Barbara J. Dunton on March 28, 1953 in Arkansas and to this union four children were born; Debbie, Steve, Cristy and Matt. They enjoyed 52 years of marriage, prior to her passing on June 15, 2005. On December 20, 2007 Melvin was united in marriage to Noma (Graham) Conway in Cuba, Missouri.

Melvin was the longtime owner and operator of the former Glo-Lite Company in Cuba. Melvin worked in the HVAC business for forty plus years before he retired. He was a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cuba for many years and he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a devoted Papa and family man; his family meant the world to him. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, taking care of his cattle, fishing and camping.

Melvin was a loving son, brother, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, stepfather, step father-in-law, uncle, great uncle, brother-in-law and friend of many. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Melvin is preceded in death by his parents; wife Barbara J. “Bobbie” Kamler; two brothers, Curtis and John D. Kamler; two sisters Georgetta Shasserre and Marie Klouzek and other family and friends.

Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his loving wife Noma Kamler of the home; four children, Debbie and husband Gary Watt of Cuba, Missouri, Steve Kamler of Springfield, Missouri, Cristy and husband Edward Kruse of Cuba, Missouri, Matt Kamler of Rolla, Missouri; two step-children Diana and husband Mike Eskra of Cuba, Missouri, Jay and wife Marti Conway of Marthasville, Missouri; one sister Frances and husband Hugh McNary of Union, Missouri; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00 till 8:00 p.m. at Mizell Funeral Home, 904 W. Washington St. Cuba, Missouri.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday,September 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Cuba, 606 Myrtle Avenue, Cuba with Pastor Hugh McNary, Pastor Jesse Parrott and Pastor Woodrow Martin, officiating.

Interment and final prayers will follow at Kinder Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri.

If desired, memorials would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 in Melvin’s memory.

The Mizell Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kamler family.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Mizell Funeral Home
    904 W. Washington St.
    CUBA, MO 65453
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  • Service

    Friday, September 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 13th, 2019 11:00am
    First Baptist Church of Cuba
    606 W. Myrtle St.
    CUBA, MO 65453
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  • Interment

    Kinder Cemetery
    Rt. 66
    CUBA, MO 65453
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Peter Watson

Posted at 10:02am
Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences for the Kamler family and all of Mel's relatives. He had a full life and leaves a living legacy in all of you. I didn't know Melvin well, because I was only in Cuba for 6 years, so for me he was one of your friend's parents you meet when you're in high school. But the times our paths crossed were always pleasant and I recall some times when he was just hilarious.
Also, you can tell a tree by its fruit, and I had the privilege of knowing Mel's wonderful children Debbie and Steve. My age was such that I didn't get to know his other kids, but did get to know his wonderful nephews Greg and Russ Klouzek. It was through them that I knew what a great guy Mel was. I graduated high school the same year as Russ; Steve & Greg were a couple of years ahead of us in school, and Debbie was ahead of them, so I didn't know her as well. The same is true of Dana and Laura Klouzek (her brother Lon West was in my class, too). So Debbie, Dana & Laura were just a couple of years out of sphere; siblings of friends.
Had I been of the previous generation, perhaps I would have had the honor of knowing Mel directly. As it is, I am sincerely grateful and consider myself blessed for landing at the age of 12 in - of all the places in the world - Cuba, Missouri, if nothing else for getting to know Steve, Greg and Russ. The fondest - and definitely the most fun - memories I have of my time in Cuba involve the three of them. Such great, great guys. In fact, even though life took me far away and I'm terrible at keeping in touch, I can safely say that those are some of the fondest - and most fun - of my memories, period.
I know Mel had extensive family in the area, so I'm sure there are folks I went to school with who were related by blood or marriage to him, and I just don't know or remember all the connections. That being the case, I imagine Mel Kamler blessed me in more ways than I know.
You are all in my prayers as you grieve. No matter how many years a loved one gets, or even if it's clear the time is at hand, it really hurts when they go. Bless you all, and rest assured that Mel's good nature and his many positive qualities live on in all of you. You're his legacy and an enduring mark he leaves on the world.
All the best,
Peter Watson

Heather Jordan

Posted at 07:28pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Posted at 01:43pm
He will always be in my fondest childhood memories. I'll miss his huge smile, deep laugh, and big hugs. All my prayers. Bill, Lisa, and Lauren
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Bob Knight

Posted at 11:49pm
Melvin was a wonderful man. He was a friend and Bro. in Christ. The good hews is I have the blessed hope that we will meet again in Heaven.

Rhonda Mangan

Posted at 03:08pm
Thank you Uncle Melvin for loving and caring for my Aunt the way you have for the past 13 plus years. You demonstrated what real love is and for that I will forever be grateful.

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