Melvin C. “Sluggo” Poylio

Melvin C. Poylio

REPUBLIC — Melvin C. “Sluggo” Poylio, 84, a life long Republic resident, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at UP Health System Marquette.

Melvin was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Ishpeming to the late Charles J. and Martha E. (Hakala) Poylio. He served his country in the U.S. Army from July 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958. Melvin worked years ago for 7-Up, then as a logger, and later owner of Mel’s Carpet Cleaning.

Melvin was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church of Republic, where he sang in the church choir, and also sang with the Seed Sowers. He was an avid baseball player and enjoyed umpiring. He appreciated a well-manicured lawn; one of his riding mowers sported the slogan “Mel’s Joy Farm.”

He was very handy: he built his house, and kept his cars and lawn mowers running well past their normal lifetimes.

He loved cars and motorcycles, and once had a Jaguar (which he regretted selling). Melvin also loved to get out to visit family and friends.

Melvin is survived by a sister, Estelle (Robert) Mathews of Marquette; a nephew, David (Susan) Savitski of Taiwan and their children, Jingshan and Jinghan; great-nephew, Ian (Beverly) Savitski, and their children, Cameron and Chloe; along with other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Melvin’s family will greet relatives and friends 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m., with Rev. Kevin Kaiser officiating.

Inurnment will take place in the Spring at the Republic Township Cemetery.

A luncheon will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.

Melvin’s obituary may be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.