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Melvin J. Harmel, Sr.

July 1, 1932 — February 11, 2024

Davidsonville

Melvin Joseph Harmel, Sr., 91, of Davidsonville, MD was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on February 11, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.  Melvin was born on July 1, 1932 in Mitchellville, MD, to the late William and Elizabeth Harmel. When he was four years old, the family moved to the family farm in Davidsonville where he would remain for his entire life. Growing up on the farm challenged him to learn many things. He became a skilled farmer and mechanic and was always willing to learn something new. These experiences led him to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a tobacco farmer which he did until his retirement.  

Melvin enjoyed many things during his life. He especially enjoyed going to local tractor pulls and classic car events. He loved classic country music, often playing the guitar with his group of friends in his early years. Occasionally he would play a few tunes on his electric guitar for family. One of his favorite pastimes was playing cards with family and friends, especially Pitch. Time with family was special to Melvin. 

Melvin is survived by his wife, Darla Harmel, his sons Melvin Harmel, Jr., Stephen “Steve” Harmel, Sr.  (Barbara), stepson Brad Thumann (Angie); 6 grandchildren Joey Harmel, Laurie Ann Harmel-Schunder (John), Janet Harmel Bradley (Mark), Amy Harmel Pomeroy (Jess), Stephen Harmel, Jr. (Kristina), Garrett Harmel and 11 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Harmel, brother Gustave Harmel, grandson, Mark Harmel and stepson, Russell Thumann.  A memorial visitation will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davidsonville, MD on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 beginning at 10:30am, mass to follow at 11:30am with burial to be at Lakemont Memorial Gardens in Davidsonville, MD.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association in Melvin’s memory at www.heart.org.  Online condolences may be made at www.beallfuneral.com. Live streaming of the service can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/@holyfamilycatholicchurchda7510/streams

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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