unknown undated newspaper clipping from the collection of the late Amanda Shafer
Arvid E. Mellin, 57, of 3205 E. Thirteenth st., died Wednesday night at Iowa Lutheran Hospital of injuries suffered in a motorcyle accident Saturday night.
Mellin was riding a motorcycle he used in his work as an escort for funerals. Sheriff's deputies said Mellin's motorcycle and a car driven by Guy J. Gabriel, 23, 1606 S.E. Second st., collided at Canary Lane and E. Fourteenth st.
Mellin was formerly a Polk county deputy sheriff and served as a Des Moines policeman during World War II.
Mr. Mellin is survived by his three brothers, Edwin, Carroll and Richard of Des Moines, and six sisters, Miss Helen Mellin of Des Moines, Miss Mary Mellin of Stamford, Conn., Mrs. Anna Quick of Ankeny, Mrs. EllenZellerholm of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mrs. Ruth Larsen, West Des Moines, and Mrs. Elva Cox of Kessington, Mich.