Melvin Ernest Cafin, 87, of Urbana died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Tolono.
There will be a graveside funeral service on Monday, Jan 25 at 1pm with Pastor Bob Hassel officiating, at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Owens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Melvin was born on Aug 14, 1933 in Charleston, a son of Jesse and Meata (Miller) Cafin. He married Gladys Dalton on Feb. 20, 1954 in Bloomington. She survives.
Other survivors include 1 son, Russell (Amy) Cafin of Urbana; 2 grandchildren, Russell Cafin II (Shawe) and Kia Marie Cafin (Roger Miller); 4 sisters, Betty of Thomasboro, Faye of Urbana, Mary Bell of ID and Billie of TN.
Four sisters (Lucille, Irene, Vera and Connie) and 1 brother (Eddie) preceded Melvin in death.
Melvin and his family were members at Faith Baptist Church, Champaign. He was also a member of the Oddfellows. Melvin honorably served in the US Navy, earning an honorable discharge in 1953. He worked at Eisner’s warehouse until 1986, when he medically retired.
After retirement Melvin enjoyed camping with his family; many great memories were made at the campground in Forbes. He loved to get together with his family, whether it was to enjoy a meal together and just gather around and watch football.
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