Melvin Charles Lisher, Sr.

Memorial services for Melvin Charles Lisher, Sr. 81, Lawrence, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 15, 205, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Military burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Lisher died January 10, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born December 11, 1933, near Clifton, KS, the son of Lewis Jackson and Jessie Evelyn Press Lisher.

He was given an honorary diploma from Lawrence High School in 2002 for the class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1950 through October 1953 during the Korean War. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars, and a United Nations Medal, occupation of Japan medal, good conduct medal, plus two other Korean Service Medals.

He was self-employed as a residential and commercial electrician and retired after forty years.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a life member and past commander of Dorsey-Liberty Post #14 – American Legion, life member of the Alford-Clark Post 852 VFW, member of the First Calvary Division Association, the Korean War Veterans Association.

He married Rebecca Ann Boeck on February 14, 1954. They shared sixty wonderful years together. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Mel, Jr. and wife, Charlene, Bob, and wife, Diana; five grandchildren, Chad and wife, Mandy, Jayme and husband, Blake, Carl and wife Jordan, Brett and wife, Darci, and Michael and friend, Melissa; one brother, Raeburn, and wife, Jill; and four great-grandchildren, ElliAnna, Reed, Brynn, and Pierce, all of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

He was a dedicated family man who never missed a single baseball or football game for any of his sons or grandchildren. He became Free State High School’s biggest fan/coach.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Dorsey-Liberty Post #14 American Legion, Alford Clark Post 852 VFW, or Trinity Lutheran Church and mailed to the mortuary.




19 Condolences

  1. Henry and Betty Ann Sipple on January 12, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Becky, we would like to send you our very deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband, Mel. We will never forget the encourgement he gave us on cleaning up the front yard of 3213 Yellowstone Dr. His wonderful smile and upbeat attitude every time we talked to him. His great smile we will forever miss, but he will always be smiling down on all of us, especially you, his lovely wife. To his son’s and families, he was extremely proud of everyone of you.
    From the Sipple’s and all the foster kids

  2. George and Cheryl Hunsinger on January 12, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Mel Jr. We were saddened to read about dad in the paper this morning. He was a great man, and a fun man to visit with. My mother you used to see him at the legion, and always spoke highly of him. I can remember when I worked for uncle Bob in the summer as a teenager. He would be on the job sight, and I could listen to his story’s for hours. God bless you, your mom, and your family.

  3. Becky Torneden-Johnson on January 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Mr. Lisher. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

    Charles and Becky Johnson
    Camren, Haley and Bryce Torneden

  4. Rick, Lisa, Ryan, and Lucas Werner on January 12, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Our thoughts, prayers, and hearts go out to the Lisher family. Mel Sr. was a wonderful man. We loved seeing him at the football breakfasts on Friday mornings and the football games on Friday nights. Wishing you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

    Werner Family

  5. Nikki (Boeck) Ave-Lallemant on January 12, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Aunt Becky,
    I’m so sorry to hear Uncle Melvin is gone. I have such good memories with the two of you from when I was little. I love you both so much.
    You are in my prayers as are your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who I know will all miss him so very much.

    All my love,

  6. Debbie Klindworth on January 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Aunt Becky,
    I am so sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband and friend. I really loved Uncle Melvin alot. He will be missed. I am always going to remember him fondly. I have to laugh with almost every fond memory. Uncle Melvin was a very good person and I have only good memories of him. You are all in my prayers. Lots of love.

  7. Penny Harrell on January 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time off loss. Melvin was a great man and will be missed deeply. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace.

  8. mike stogsdill on January 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Becky , Bobby and Melvin jr. I am so sorry to hear about this. Mel was a great guy to be around.

  9. Jim & Becky Hicks on January 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Mel, Jr. & Bob,

    We’re so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking with your dad whether playing sports as we were growing up, working on the same construction site or having your dad watching as our kids played baseball. He always had a smile and was quick with an encouraging word. We will miss him.

    Jim & Becky Hicks

  10. Jessica Devers, Las Cruces, NM on January 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Diana & Bob – I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Jessica

  11. Kathy Steele on January 13, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Becky and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Such a great guy that always had a smile for everyone.
    Bob and Kathy Steele

  12. jonathan Groene on January 13, 2015 at 8:08 am

    sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. He was always so nice and I recall how willing and patient he was to let me go hunting with him and Mel Jr. Respectfuly

  13. Laura McCorkill on January 13, 2015 at 8:31 am

    He was truly the hands and feet of Christ, seeing a need and never hesitating to step in to do all he could. Known as The Great One in our house, Mel was a great friend to dad (Willis) following his stroke. He took care of things like haircuts and car maintenance. Most of all, he kept dad included in the Legion and took him out as long as he could go. When that time had passed, he showed up at the house with the barber in tow! Mel never waited to be asked or made promises he didn’t keep. We are grateful for his friendship. Rest in peace.

  14. Richard and Kerry Morrell on January 13, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Mel, Charlene, Chad and Carl – so sorry for your loss.

    Mel, SR was a great man and will always be remembered fondly. We, with you had so many fun and memorable times togther. I think of all the ball games, dinners, lunches, and other events where we shared time with Mel, SR and Becky.

    May he rest in peace and forever fill your hearts with the joy and happiness he brought to any and everyone who was fortunate enought to spend time with him.

  15. Spain Family on January 13, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. We thank Mr. Lisher for his service to our country and his dedication to his family and Free State. Rest in peace.

    The Spain’s

  16. Ruth and Bob Sarna on January 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    What a true man of God!!! He was a bright, shining example to us of God’s unconditional love for sure! We love your entire family and will miss Mel, SR so much! Bob thoroughly enjoyed “rehashing” with Mel the Friday night and Saturday football games of Free State and Baker at church Sunday mornings!!! Loved seeing him cheer on the Wildcats!!!!
    We will always cherish his smile and laugh! Hugs and love to you all!
    RUTH and BOB

  17. Jay C. Jones on January 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Lister was a great man. Someone I looked up to for many years. He was a father figure when I needed one and a role model for me as a dad. Thank you Mr. Lisher!

  18. Carolyn Statler Durrant on January 15, 2015 at 8:13 am

    I have many fond memories of growing up with Melvin, Becky, Mel,Jr. and Bob as our family friends. Melvin was the first friend my dad made after moving to Lawrence as a boy and that friendship lasted some seventy years. I haven’t seen Melvin in several years, but whenever I did, he always had a big hug for me. Becky, I am thinking of you and your family. Toop-Toop, we will miss you

  19. Ron Bereiter on January 15, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for the family.

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