Melvin Charles Suckow, 76, of Altamont passed away peacefully on early Monday morning January 15, 2018 at 2:54 a.m. at his rural farm home in the Zion Community, Altamont.

His Christian funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Altamont with the Rev. Marcus Manley officiating.

Visitation was Thursday Jan. 18 from 4- 7 p.m. at the Kull Funeral Chapel, Altamont. Visitation was also one hour prior to his funeral service at Zion Lutheran Church.

Christian Burial Rites will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery following the funeral service.

Melvin was born on April 21, 1941 in rural Mound Township, Effingham County. He was one of five siblings into the Christian family of George and Emma Leppin-Suckow. He was a life member of the Zion Lutheran Church and was baptized on May 4, 1941 and confirmed his faith on April 13, 1955.

Melvin married Linda Marilyn Storck at the St. Peter Lutheran Church on June 25, 1960. The Lord blessed their marriage of 57 and a half years with five children, Tim, Jeff, Jason, Scott, and Melissa. The family attended Zion Lutheran Church south of Altamont, where Melvin held numerous offices within the church, as well as serving on Lutheran Care Center Board, and a school board member of the Bethlehem Lutheran School.

Melvin was a hard worker both at home farming and at places of employment as Norge/Fedders USA, Landmark Structures, and finally driving for Crossroads Cancer Center in Effingham.

Melvin leaves to mourn in his passing: wife, Linda M. Suckow of Altamont; four sons: Tim (Kathryn) Suckow of Montrose; Jeff (Shay) Suckow; and Jason (fiancé Philicia) Suckow of Altamont; and Scott (fiancé Jessica) Suckow of Pana, IL; daughter, Melissa (Andy) Voelker of Altamont; brother, David (Beverly) Suckow; and sister, Lillian (Melvin) Sporleder of Altamont; nine grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Edgar and Richie Suckow.

Memorials may be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church, the ALS Association of St. Louis, or the choice of the donor.

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