Melvin James Neufeld, 79, slipped into the arms of Jesus after a 10 month battle with Glioblastoma, a brain tumor, at his home in Garden City on Monday, August 3rd, 2020. He was born on October 3rd, 1940 to HJ (Jude) and Elsie Hiebert Neufeld at their farm home north of Ingalls. He attended Ingalls school, graduating from Ingalls High School in 1958. Melvin married his High School Sweetheart, Maxine Bond on February 14th, 1960 in Garden City.
In 1984, Melvin was first elected to serve the 115th District as a State Representative. He continued to serve until 2010. During this tenure, he served as Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee and the Joint Committee on Rules and Regulations and was elected Speaker of the House in 2007. In 2011, Melvin was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback as the Chairman of the Kansas Human Rights Commission and continued in this position until his death. Melvin was well known for his “Melvin’s Rules”, a list of 10 rules for both political and everyday life.
In 2012, Melvin and Maxine moved to Garden City, where he served as a Trustee of Garden City Community College and served on the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. He also was a member of the All American Beef Battalion, serving steak dinners to military troops across the United States. Melvin was a member of Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in Garden City and served as a Trustee. He received the Distinguished Service Award for the Church of the Nazarene in 2018. He taught various Sunday School and Small Group classes throughout the years. He volunteered with Children’s Ministries at the Church and enjoyed riding the bus as it picked up children around Garden City. He was also a member of the Kansas District Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Maxine of the home and daughter, Sharla and Jeff Smith of Ingalls; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sisters, Joyce and Vaughn Prather, Beloit, Karen and Elgie Friesen, Wellington, CO, and brother, JD and Sylvia Neufeld of Sands Springs, OK.
Melvin was proceeded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Otis and Gladys Bond, son, Kevin Neufeld, great granddaughter, Arissa Smith, sister, Vida and brother-in-law Vernon Bartel, sisters-in-law, Donna Burns and Deloris Neufeld, and brothers-in-law, Marvin Snowbarger and Larry Bond.
Services for Melvin will be held at Turning Point Church of the Nazarene in Garden City on Saturday, August 8th, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jim Bond, Kansas District Superintendent officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening at Garnand Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Turning Point Church of the Nazarene Bus Barn Project or St Catherine Hospice in Garden City both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Posted online on August 04, 2020