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Melvin M. Aman

June 24, 1924 - June 13, 2017

Obituary


Melvin M. Aman, 92, of Naches passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Yakima.

Mel was born June 24, 1924 in Hebron, North Dakota to Thomas and Helen (Strietmatter) Aman. There as a young boy Mel worked on farms with his parents and rode a horse to school. In 1941 he and his brother Don moved to Yakima with their parents. He joined the Navy on December 31, 1942 and returned to Yakima after the war, where he worked at Speas Vinegar Plant. Mel married Elna Jean Aman on June 21, 1947 in...

Melvin M. Aman, 92, of Naches passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Yakima.

Mel was born June 24, 1924 in Hebron, North Dakota to Thomas and Helen (Strietmatter) Aman. There as a young boy Mel worked on farms with his parents and rode a horse to school. In 1941 he and his brother Don moved to Yakima with their parents. He joined the Navy on December 31, 1942 and returned to Yakima after the war, where he worked at Speas Vinegar Plant. Mel married Elna Jean Aman on June 21, 1947 in a double wedding alongside his brother Donald and Elna's twin sister Estelle. With encouragement from Elna, Mel started taking flying lessons in 1947 in Yakima from Jenny Richardson.

Along the way they, Mel and Elna, had a son, Thomas, in 1950. Over the next few years he earned a commercial pilots license and got a job as a co-pilot in Alaska in 1952 with Cordova Airlines, who later merged with Alaska Airlines. Mel, Elna and Tom lived in Alaska until 1969, and then moved to the Seattle area where he continued to fly until his retirement in 1989, after 37 years with the airline, and was number one in seniority among the pilots.

Mel enjoyed snow skiing, taking trips with Elna in their motor home to ski resorts all over the Western U.S. and water skiing in Alaska and at their property at Blue Lake, Washington. Racquetball was another activity he really enjoyed, competing in the Senior Olympics. Woodworking and carpentry were his favorite hobbies; as he remodeled three houses. The Chinook Pass area became home after retiring.

Mel was a member of St. John Church in Naches and an active parishioner. There he and Elna made lots of good friends.

Mel is survived by his son, Thomas Aman and niece, Laurynn Aman. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elna, brother, Donald Aman, sister-in-law, Estelle Aman, and nephew, Meldon Aman.

I would like to thank the staff at Highgate Senior Living, especially Becky Jiron for the loving care my dad received the 2 years and 9 months he lived there.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Mel's name, c/o Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home.

Entombment will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Mel and Elna will be together again on the day of their anniversary, which was 70 years ago.

Friends are welcome to attend. May God bless you dad, you'll always be my hero, rest in peace, I hope to join you in Heaven someday.

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