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Melvyn "Mel" Merle Albirte

March 21, 1932 ~ January 3, 2019 (age 86)

Melvyn Merle Albirte

Mel Albirte, 86, passed away on January 3, 2019. Mel was born in Midland, Michigan and resided in Livonia for over 55 years. Mel is survived by his son Brad Michael Albirte of Traverse City, MI; his daughter Kristen Amy Albirte Schonberg (Mike) of Allen, TX and grandchildren Megan, Matthew and Amy Schonberg. Mel was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Beverly and his eldest son Jeff.

Mel graduated from Michigan State University and earned his MBA there as well. Mel served honorably as a first Lieutenant in the John F. Liberty Major Infantry in the United States Army in Orleans, France. He then joined Ford Motor Company as a Personnel Manager, where he worked for 40 years before retiring.  During his time at Ford, he returned to France to work and was fortunate to be able to travel extensively across Europe with Bev and his children.

Mel will be remembered as true gentlemen and a fun-loving and generous husband, father and grandfather. Mel was an avid bowler his entire life and bowled his first perfect game at the age of 60. He was a lover of all travel and he often drove across the US visiting friends and family, seeing sites, and making new friends. He also loved history and was an avid fan of the Tigers and Lions. Mel was a class act and never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by family, friends and the local restaurants where he loved to stop for a bite to eat and a chat.

A memorial service will be held at the

Fred Wood Funeral Home - Rice Chapel

36100 Five Mile Rd. (E. of Levan) in Livonia, MI

Friday, January 11, 2019

Gathering 1:00pm

Service 3:00pm

Donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
20450 Civic Center Dr, Southfield MI 48076

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