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Melvin Lavon Lewison

December 1, 1933 — April 2, 2024

St. George

Melvin Lavon Lewison

Melvin "Mel" L. Lewison, 90, passed away at home on April 2, 2024, in St. George, Utah. He was born on December 1, 1933, in Viroqua, Wisconsin  to Melvin "Jake" Lewison and Fern (nee Tryggestad) Lewison. Mel graduated from Viroqua High School in 1951. He was a sports enthusiast and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.


In 1952, Mel married Mary Thompson and together they had three children, Steve, Karl, and Amy. In 1953, Mel enlisted in the Army National Guard. Mel and Mary later divorced.


Mel was employed at Bucyrus Erie in South Milwaukee and later went on to work at The F. Dohmen Co., a pharmaceutical wholesaler in Milwaukee and Germantown, Wisconsin. Mel met his wife, Karen (nee Wisniewski), at Dohmen's and married on June 30, 1980. They shared their love of golf for many years at Hartford Golf Club in Hartford, Wisconsin. Mel retired from The F. Dohmen Company as VP-Operations and once Karen retired, they moved full time to St. George, Utah, where they enjoyed the mountain views and beautiful golf courses. Mel was an avid golfer and spent many happy days on the links. When he could no longer golf, he enjoyed going to the casino.


Mel also enjoyed cooking and reading through cookbooks. He assembled a cookbook titled "Dumplings, Dumplings and More Dumplings”, which included dumpling recipes from around the world. As an "honorary Irishman", he enjoyed making Corned Beef and Cabbage for all his friends on St. Patrick's Day. 


During his lifetime, Mel was known for his one liner’s, affectionately called "Mel-isms." At one time, The Spectrum carried a newspaper column called "The Vent." He was proud when his thoughts made it into the paper.


Mel is survived by his cherished wife, Karen, of 43 years; his son, Steven "Mike" Lewison and his daughter, Amy (John) Tillotson, along with 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Ken (Laura) Wisniewski, sisters-in-law, Gladys Lewison, Janice (Tom) Freeman, and Min Jung Wisniewski. Mel is preceded in death by his parents, Jake & Fern; his first wife, Mary MacLeod, his son, Karl Lewison, daughter-in-law, Renee Lewison, brothers, Lavern, and Donald Lewison, and brothers-in- law, John, and Steven Wisniewski.


Our family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at CNS Home Health and Hospice, especially Rayan, Toni, and Nora, for their tender and compassionate services.


Per Mel's request, there will be no funeral service. Enjoy a beverage of your choice or play a round of golf to celebrate Mel's life. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Memory Matters, 168 N 100 E, #104, St. George, UT 84770, Hartford Junior Golf Program, c/o Hartford GC, 7072 Le Road, Hartford, WI 53027, or the charity of your choice.


Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454.

Family and friends are invited to sign Melvin’s online guest book at

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