Melvin Keith Dinesen (November 27, 2015)

11528 photo USE rectangleDecember 15, 1941 ~ November 27, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015
1:00-8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
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The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
10:30 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

Wife – Janis Dinesen of Harlan, IA
1 Daughter – Amy (Robert) Heflin of Harlan, IA
1 Son – Jason (Tracy) Dinesen of Indianola, IA
2 Sisters – Peggy Hess of Harlan, IA
Susan (Jerry) Lambert of Harlan, IA
8 Grandchildren
4 Great-grandchildren
Other Relatives & Friends

Melvin Keith Dinesen, son of Leonard Keith and Effie Jane (Terrell) Dinesen, was born on December 15, 1941, in Harlan, Iowa. He attended Kirkman (Iowa) grade school and graduated from Harlan High School in 1960. As a member of the United States Army, Melvin served a military tour of duty in Germany from 1963-65.

On August 27, 1966, Melvin married Janis Loraine Havick at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. The couple began farming northeast of Harlan; in 2014, their farm was designated as a Century Farm.

Melvin was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa. He enjoyed feeding and watching birds and other wildlife around the farm. Melvin was an avid Harlan Cyclone football and basketball fan. He collected old hand tools and loved to attend the Greenridge Antique Show. Melvin was partial to Chevy automobiles and International Harvester equipment.

Melvin K. Dinesen died on Friday, November 27, 2015, at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He had reached the age of 73 years, 11 months, and 12 days.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Nancy Boos; and one brother, Donald Dinesen. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janis Dinesen of Harlan, Iowa; one daughter, Amy (Robert) Heflin of Harlan, Iowa; one son, Jason (Tracy) Dinesen of Indianola, Iowa; two sisters, Peggy Hess and Susan (Jerry) Lambert, both of Harlan, Iowa; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Darwin Moore officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz was the organist. Honorary casket bearers were Doug Nelson, Scott Larsen, James Burmeister, Ron Ronfeldt, LaVon Christensen, and Gary Jorgensen. Active casket bearers were Ben Boos, Joel Havick, Nick Boos, Jamie Hess, Brian Lambert, and Matt Heflin. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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6 Responses to Melvin Keith Dinesen (November 27, 2015)

  1. R Street Institute says:

    Dear Jason,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother, siblings and all of the people who will be missing your father. It is a terrible and sudden loss. Please know we are thinking about you.

    Your friends at the R Street Institute

  2. Janet & Mark Rosenbury says:

    Jason and family,
    So sorry to hear about your father’s death. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy to lose a loved one, but it is especially hard during this time of year. Wishing your mother peace, as I know how hard it was for my mother when she lost my father, who was a farmer also. The Century Farm designation is an accomplishment. Holding your family close.

  3. Tom & Marlene Gaffigan says:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your father.
    You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Tom & Marlene

  4. Camille Sutton says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and we wish you strength during this terrible time.

  5. Forrest, Renea, Kristin and Dustin Frymoyer says:

    Janis, Jason, and Amy,
    Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. We enjoyed Melvin (and your family) tremendously each time we visited. He had a wonderful personality, told interesting stories, and was remarkably down-to-Earth. He truly had a heart of gold. We feel blessed to have known him.
    Forrest, Renea, Kristin, and Dusty Frymoyer

  6. Nancy Wright says:

    Rich and I most likely will not be able to attend the visitation or funeral due to weather conditions. I am the driver these days due to Rich’s health issues.

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. I was completely surprised that Melvin passed away. He always looked so healthy. We will keep the family in our prayers.

    Love to all of you.

    Nancy and Rich

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