Posted 3/15/16 (Tue)
Timothy Dale Melland of Williston, formerly of Alexander, passed away on March 4, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D.
Tim was born on Aug. 8, 1961, in Williston, N.D. to Clarence and Alma (Olson) Melland and joined four brothers and one sister at home in Alexander, N.D.
Blessed to have the most loving parents any child could ask for, Tim learned to love his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age. Tim became the hub of his family and despite the disadvantages caused by his mental and physical disabilities, Tim never allowed those handicaps to prevent him from living a full life.
Tim received his early education and vocational training at the Upper Missouri Association for Retarded Children (UMARC) in Williston, and later completed his education at Williston High School.
Tim was his Dad’s shadow, joining him every day possible at the shop where he swept floors, cleaned parts, and mowed grass. When Tim wasn’t tied up with duties in his Dad’s shop, he could be found standing next to the radio singing country western songs - especially those of his favorite - Charlie Pride. Tim enjoyed afternoon coffee breaks at home with his parents where he could feast on his Mom’s homemade apple pie, and also at Marge’s Café, which had his favorite menu item - Hamburger, Fries, and Sprite - along with a large compliment of ketchup!
Tim was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander and was truly a gift to his family and friends by providing a daily example of how to love unconditionally. Tim was so embraced by the community of Alexander that they featured him with Alexander’s other coaches along the sidelines of football games as he encouraged and “coached” the Comets to victory.
Tim is survived by his mother, Alma Melland of Williston; a brother, Curt Melland and his wife Sandra of Hazen; a sister-in-law, Char Melland of Hazen; a sister, Georgia Fagerland and her husband Ron of Coulterville, Illi; a brother, John Melland and his wife Janice of Fargo; a brother, Gary Melland and his wife Linda of Watford City; his special caregiver, Vivian Kalmik and family of Williston; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Tim was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Clarence; and a brother, Dennis.
His funeral service was celebrated Saturday morning, March 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Alexander, N.D. Rev. Kevin Beard officiated and interment followed in the Alexander Cemetery.
Friends also called at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home Friday, March 11th, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday, March 12th, for the hour preceding the service.
Friends may visit www.eversoncoughlin.com to share remembrances of Tim or leave condolences for his family. The Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home of Williston is caring for the family.