Nemaha Herald

Melvin William Sandau, oldest of three sons of Otto W. and Barbara E. (Mongold) Sandau, was born January 17, 1936 at Milbank, South Dakota. He attended rural school near Nassau, Minnesota and graduated from high school at Marietta, Minn. Mel played football, basketball, and baseball, was president of the FFA in school. Later in life he attended Lincoln School of Commerce in Lincoln, Nebraska. Shortly after graduation, on June 7, 1954, Mel entered the U.S. Air Force. He served with the Air Force and Reserve until his honorable discharge on June 6, 1962. On August 3, 1957 Mel was united in marriage to Geraldine Gifford at First Church on the Nebraska Wesleyan Campus in Lincoln. They made their home in Lincoln until moving to Auburn, Nebraska in 1970. Mel worked at various jobs in Lincoln and the surrounding area. He worked at the Tastee Inn and then drove delivery trucks for a bread company, a milk company, and Pepsi Cola. He also sold insurance and worked at Dorsey Laboratories at different times before going to work for NPPD at their Hallam power plant. In 1970 he transferred with NPPD to Brownville, Nebraska as construction began on Cooper Nuclear Station. Mel was a member of First Church in Lincoln and First United Methodist Church in Auburn. His activities at church included United Methodist Men, where he had served as president. He also held memberships in the American Legion and Kiwanis. In his spare time Mel enjoyed many outdoor activities including yard work and growing flowers, playing golf and going fishing. He liked to attend college and professional ball games with his grandkids or with friends. On Wednesday evening, September 23, 2014, Mel was rushed from home to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn. He passed away there at the age of 78 years, eight months, and six days. In addition to his parents, Mel was preceded in death by an infant daughter, son Mark, and brother Virgil. Mel’s generous ways will be remembered by his wife Gerri of Au