Melvin Kankelfritz

Profile Updated: November 15, 2014
Residing In: Cameron, NC USA
Career history: Retired - 12/31/13
Children: SONJA, born 1968, first grade teacher in a Christian school. Married to Scott, an ordained Missouri More…Synod Lutheran Minister, serving as a federal prison chaplain and National Guard chaplain. Two children, Gabriel 17, Nathaniel 14.

KRISTIANJON, born 1971, Air Force Reserve loadmaster. Married to Tessa, an RN. One child, Hannah 14.

MARCIA, born 1973, an Air Force LCOL. Married to Paul, also an Air Force LCOL. Two children, Emily Mae (3), Draek Edward (1).

I served in the U.S. Coast Guard 1961 - 1981.
I enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in August of 1961. Spent 14 weeks of boot camp at Cape May, NJ. From there to basic school for Electronics Technician for 30 weeks. Graduated as an ET3 in 1962.
Stationed on the USCGC Owasco until 1963. Transferred to Loran Station Simeri Crichi in August for one year. Promoted to ET2. Transferred to Electronic shop Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. until 1966. Promoted to ET1. Transferred to Southeast Asia in 1966 for a year, serving in the Viet Nam conflict. Promoted to ETC while there.
Transferred to RCA Institute for advanced electronics education for two years. Graduated August 1969 as the highest ranking graduate with a 95.3 average. Promoted to Chief Warrant Office (W2).
Transferred to Loran Station Estartit, Spain as Executive Officer. Transferred to Officer Candidate School graduating as an Ensign in 1971. Transferred to USCG Headquarters, Electronic Engineering Branch on graduation until July, 1974.Promoted to LTjg. Transferred to USCGC Glacier, an Icebreaker. Made two trips to Antarctica and one to the Arctic during two year assignment. Promoted to LT.
Transferred to 14th Coast Guard district Electronics Engineering Division in Honolulu Hawaii from 1976 to 1979. (Great Duty!!) Completed career at Coast Guard Headquarters Navigation branch, Washington DC on September 1, 1981.

I worked in industry as a Sr. Electrical Engineer 1981 - 2004.
Took a job with Corning Incorporated (then Corning Glass works) June, 1981 (78 days of terminal leave from the USCG). Worked as a Senior Electrical Engineer in the Batch Facilities Group. Participated as an expatriot in building glass factories in Mexico, Germany, Korea, Shanghai, China, Xian, China, and Shijiashuang, China, as well as several US factory upgrades. Left Corning in 1990 to go South. (Too darn cold in upstate NY and too much foreign travel).
Signed on with Parker Hannifin at a division manufacturing precision metering pumps in July, 1990. I was the only electrical engineer in the division. Worked with many stateside customers and panel shops. Did make it out of the country once to Sitges, Spain for an Alcoa customer machine startup. Retired from Parker June 30, 2004.

I pastor a Presbyterian Church from 2002 to present.
Been interested in the ministry for a long long time. Too busy in my life to attend Seminary. In 1992, the Presbyterian Church (USA) encouraged elders to participate in a program called the Lay Preacher Certification. I was accepted in the program and completed my training in 1993. I filled in pulpits in many churches and in 2002 was given the opportunity to serve my present church full time. By this time we were called Commissioned Lay Pastors and have the authority to serve in all the capacities a seminary graduate can. I preach, serve communion, baptize, moderate the session, and last week officiated at the wedding of two church members.

We live in North Carolina in a log home (our retirement home) on a golf course, which I don't get to play often enough. If you get in our neck of the woods, stop by for a visit.

Between the USCG and civilian life and retirement, we have traveled abroad quite a bit. Last year I made it to the 7th continent, as we visited Tangiers, Morocco, which gave me Africa. I've also sailed 6 of the 7 seas (Haven't made it to the Indian Ocean yet). We are traveling to Israel for 10 days the last of November as part of a pastor/church members tour.

I guess that brings it up to date, as of September 20, 2010.

Retired from First Presbyterian Church, Spring Lake, NC as of December 31, 2013. Enjoying sitting in the pews listening to the sermons rather than writing and delivering them.

School Story:

My favorite class was chemistry under Sam Halron. He made it come alive.
I met Sandi, my wife, in German club in 1959. We started dating over 50 years ago. Did not get married until Nov. 20, 1964. This year marks 46 years of wedded bliss.
I had several good friends in High School. It makes me sad that 3 have passed away: Verne Goodmanson, Jim Olson, Judy Clinton. Add to that Charles Gerard and Paul Iverson.
Since High School:
Went to the U of M 1960 - 1961, but decided I really didn't know what I wanted to do and enlisted in the USCG.
Service schools noted above.
Lay Preacher training listed above.
While stationed in Honolulu:

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Live in Carolina Seasons, Cameron, NC. Address: 946 Ponderosa Trail, Cameron, NC 28326. Phone No. (919) 498 - 3748 or Cell: (910) 624-2404.

Married to Sandi Christianson (Class of 1960) since November 20, 1964. Three children: Sonja, born 1968, married to Scott, two children, Gabriel born 1997 and Nathaniel born 1999.; Kristianjon, born 1971, married to Tessa, one child, Hannah born 1999; Marcia, born 1973, married to Paul, married to Paul, two children, Emily Mae born 2010 and Draek Edward born 2013.

Served in USCG from 1961 - 1981, retiring 1981. Worked for Corning Glass Works, now Corning Inc. from 1981 - 1990. Worked for Parker Hannifin from 1990 - 2004, retiring in 2004. Served as Commissioned Lay Pastor of First Presbyterian Church (USA) in Spring Lake, NC from 2002 - 2013.

Enjoy golf, bowling, wood butchering, reading and traveling. Very involved with my church as the head and only pastor. Stop and see us when in the area (please call first).

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Melvin Kankelfritz has left an In Memory comment for LEO KURTZ.
Jan 30, 2020 at 7:33 PM

I did not know Leo, but do appreciate all he has done for our class. Multiple Myleoma is a nasty disease and it is a credit to Leo to keep it at bay for 12 years. My wife, Sandi (Christianson '60) was diagnosed two years ago with the disease and I see her stuggles with it every day. 

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May 25, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Happy Birthday Mel....Good weather there today !

May 25, 2019 at 3:33 AM
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Jan 30, 2019 at 3:32 PM

Sandi and I are sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. She was a nice person and contributed so much to our class.

May 25, 2018 at 3:33 AM
May 13, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Another wonderful year has passed with you. Happy Birthday, Dearest.

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Apr 11, 2018 at 7:33 PM

We both remember Gene from HS. He was a great guy and good friend.

Mel and sandi


Oct 20, 2017 at 2:32 PM

Happy Birthday, Judy!

May 25, 2017 at 3:33 AM
May 13, 2017 at 11:58 AM

Happy Birthday, my love. It has been a great 58 years together, 53 married. I love you with all my heart. Mel

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Happy Birthday, Jan!

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Posted on: Oct 21, 2016 at 4:26 PM

Happy Birthday, Gene.

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Posted on: Oct 21, 2016 at 4:24 PM

Happy belated birthday, Judy.

Mel and Sandi

Melvin Kankelfritz has left an In Memory comment for Michael J. Marcy.
Jun 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Mke was a good gut. Sorry to hear hes has passed.

Melvin Kankelfritz has left an In Memory comment for Michael J. Marcy.
Jun 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

Mike was always a nice guy. God Bless all left behind.

May 25, 2016 at 3:33 AM
Oct 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Happy Birthday, Judy

May 25, 2015 at 3:33 AM
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Sandi and Mel at Paradise point, St. Thomas, USVI, Oct 2008.
(I've lost 90 lbs. since this picture)
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Mel and Sandi at Rock of Gibraltar, June, 2009.
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Daughter Marcia and Sandi, entrnace to the Alhambra, Granada, Spain, June, 2009.
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Mel and granddaughter, Emily Mae Quigley (6 mos.), October, 2010.