grew up in Canoe, where his parents ran the Canoe
Store. He attended Pleasant Township School No. 7
and graduated from Decorah High School with the class
Faldet taught at Pleasant Township School No. 10 until
he enlisted for service in 1942. After serving stateside
for two years, he served overseas in Guam as part
of the 39th Bomb Group, servicing B-29s of the 60th
BS. He returned home after the war, in January 1946.
married Virginia Baker June 14, 1946. To this union
four children were born: Mary, Cynthia, David, and
Mark; four grandchildren a great granddaughter.
Faldet began his 37-year career with Northwestern
Bell Telephone Company.
living three years in Waverly, Iowa, the couple returned
family had a 20-acre farm on Locust Road where Mel
Faldet enjoyed gardening and the kind of outdoor work
he knew as a child. He also enjoyed fishing, history,
and genealogical work.
retiring from the phone company in 1983 Mel Faldet
purchased an acreage in Pleasant Township where he
rebuilt a pioneer log cabin. He enjoyed dancing at
the Highlandville School and other venues where his
wife played the piano. He moved to the Aase Haugen
Home in 2003.
Faldet was an active and lifelong member of Canoe
Ridge Lutheran Church, a congregation his grandparents
helped found. He served many years on the board of
the Decorah Public Library. He was instrumental in
the campaigns to finance the library addition and
to restore Winneshiek County's civil war memorial.
“Mel” Faldet passed away Tuesday, June 28,
2005 at the Aase Haugen Home, in Decorah, after celebrating
his 87th birthday with family and friends. Interment
is at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Cemetery.