Melvin Herbert Callies, 77

Published 7:01 am Sunday, March 20, 2016



Melvin Herbert Callies, 77, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his home.

Mel was born Aug. 13, 1938, in Duluth, Minnesota, to Barbara (Zacher) and Herbert Callies. He graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School in 1956. Mel was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

On June 1, 1963, he married Judy Erickson. They moved to Austin, Minnesota, in 1970 where Melvin taught in the Austin Public School System for 27 years. Mel enjoyed coaching hockey and girls softball during many of those years.

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Survivors include his wife, Judy; son, Peter (Laurie); daughter, Cathy Miller (Greg); two grandchildren, Marcus and Megan Miller, who he loved dearly; brother, Herb Callies; sister, Barbara Wicklund; brother, Steve Young (Lauren); as well as a niece and two nephews.

Mel is preceded in death by his parents and stepfather.

Per his wishes, a memorial service will be held later this spring. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at