Melvin A. Viertel, 83, of Carmine, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 of pancreatic cancer.Melvin was born in Carmine on Dec. 11, 1930, the son of Adolph and Ella (Meinholdt) Viertel. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. He graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School, and went on to earn his Associates degree from Blinn College in Brenham where he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and editor of the yearbook. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed at a Nike missile site in New Jersey
during the early days of the Nike missile program and was cleared for top secrecy. He attained the rank of corporal and
was the company clerk. After returning home to central Texas, he met Dorothy Marie Hejl. Although she was initially convinced that he was too old for her, he successfully overcame her reservations on Sept. 16, 1962 when they married.