Melvin Kankelfritz

Profile Updated: January 1, 2024
Residing In: Cameron, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: Widower, was SANDRA L. KANKELFRITZ (CHRISTIANSON), Class 0f 1960
Career history: Retired finally - 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 s church in Nebraska. Two children, Gabriel 26, 2LT USAF; Nathaniel 24 completing second year of medical school.

KRISTIANJON, born 1971, Air Force master sergeant. Married to Tessa, an RN. One child, Hannah 24, BSRN.

MARCIA, born 1973, an Air Force COL. Married to Paul, also an Air Force COL (retired). Two children, Emily Mae (13), Draek Edward (10).

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.

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 a church full time. as the called pastor, retiring 12/31/2013.

We live in Woodbridge, Virginia near our youngest daughter, Marcia.

Between the USCG and civilian life and retirement, we have traveled abroad quite a bit. 2009 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).

I guess that brings it up to date, as of May 7, 2023.

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 59 years of wedded bliss. Sandra passed away December 16, 2023 from cancer.
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:

Reunion book Bio (300 word limit)

Live in Woodbridge, VA. 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.

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Jan 31, 2024 at 4:34 PM

Posted on: Jan 30, 2024 at 11:47 AM

About to add two more members to my family. Oldest grandson Gabriel to be married on February 24, 2024. Next oldest grandson, Nathaniel to be married on June 1, 2024.

Jan 01, 2024 at 2:40 PM
Oct 22, 2023 at 2:16 PM

Happy Birthday Judy

May 25, 2023 at 7:13 AM

Happy 39th Mel....I hope your doin well !

May 25, 2023 at 3:33 AM
May 07, 2023 at 3:24 PM

Moved to Woodbridge, VA 2022.

Oct 31, 2022 at 2:21 PM

Happy belated birthday Jan.

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May 25, 2022 at 7:45 AM

Happy Birthday made another one...and that cake looks tempting !

May 25, 2022 at 3:33 AM
May 25, 2021 at 7:19 AM

Happy Birthday Mel......She said your bacon is just about ready !

May 25, 2021 at 3:33 AM
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Oct 22, 2020 at 8:55 AM

Happy Birthday, Judy.

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Posted on: Aug 06, 2020 at 3:44 PM

Hi, Jan. How did you make out w/ hurricane Isaias?

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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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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.