Melvin C. Lumbardy

Posted By | September 6, 2012 12:00 am

Last Updated: September 14, 2016 at 3:39 am

Melvin C. Lumbardy, 85, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2012.
Mr. Lumbardy was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Melvin and Lois Lumbardy.
As a young child he lived in Wheeler, Ind., and Hamlet, Ind. He graduated from Wheeler High School and married his married his first love, Patricia G. Lumbardy, both in 1947.
Patricia sadly passed away, in 1985, after a courageous six- month battle with cancer.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, 1947-1967. He was stationed with his family in Greencove Springs, Fla.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Hobart, Ind.; and Coronado, Calif. Some of the ships he was on included USS Pine Island and the USS Bennington. He was also employed at the Naval District Headquarters. After retiring from the Navy, he joined the staff at Valparaiso University. He was a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
Mr. Lumbardy had many hobbies, including annual Canadian fishing trips with his son, Leonard, model railroading, organic gardening and watching Jeopardy on TV.
He was a very kind and interesting man. Everyone who worked with him at Valparaiso University saw the genuine and caring personality he had always shown to his family, friends, shipmates and co-workers.
Mr. Lumbardy was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia G. Lumbardy; and his boyhood friend, Charles “Bud” Sutton, of Valparaiso.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Maynard Lumbardy. Debra says she was very blessed to have found such a caring, loving and kind man. They met at Valparaiso University, where they both were employed. They fell in love and were married in 1988. He and Debra moved to Tennessee 14 years ago to retire to a warmer, less snowy climate.
Other survivors include his son, Leonard Lumbardy and wife Renae, of Hanna, Ind.; daughter, Margaret Naillieux, of Indiana; granddaughter, Robin Naillieux, of Indiana; stepson, Eric Nahod and wife Linda; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Floyd and Joyce Maynard, of Doyle; sisters, Quintina Clouse, of Doyle, Sharon Pierce and husband Eric and dog Zip, Sarah Clouse and husband Ron; brothers-in-law, John Maynard, David Maynard, both of Indiana; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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