Melvin M. Brink

picture-pubJUNCTION CITY — Melvin “Mel” M. Brink, 78, of Junction City, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

He was born August 5, 1935 in Ferrin, the son of Edwin and Louise (Michael) Brink. He married Ruth Speiser September 30, 1956 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ferrin.

Survivors include his wife Ruth of Junction City, three sons Gregg Brink and wife Carole of Sandoval, Kerry Brink and wife Robin Carpenter of Kell, and Kevin Brink and wife Jennifer of Nashville; five grandchildren Alicia Purcell and husband Aaron, Amber, Kyle, Ryan and Zach Brink; great-grandson due in July; sister Mildred Miessner and husband Marvin of New Minden; brother Elbert Brink and wife Lois of Shattuc; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Louise, and brother and sister-in-law Leroy and Eileen Brink.

Mr. Brink was confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and attended the Bethlehem Lutheran School in Ferrin. He graduated from Carlyle High School in 1954. He worked at Valley Steel in Centralia as a transportation manager for 37 ½ years. He was a member of Delta New-Alpha Transportation and National Industrial Traffic League. He farmed on the side and was a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau. Mr. Brink was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia. He served his church in all capacities including past President, Vice President, Board of Elders, Trustee, and usher. In the 1970′s, he designed a float for the Trinity Lutheran School and it won the Harley Queen Award. He enjoyed cutting fire wood and traveling all across the United States. More than anything he enjoyed spending time out on the farm with his kids.

Services for Mr. Brink will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia with Rev. Mark Girardin and Rev. Perry Schefelker officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, and from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia or Christ our Rock High School.

Day Macz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memories or condolences may be sent to the family at