Melvin Shuweiler

Melvin L. Schuweiler passed away June 11, 2018. He led a distinguished career both in and out of public service. Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1921 to Louis P. Schuweiler and Suzanne Elizabeth Danielski Schuweiler, he married Mary Burke Babcock (whom he met when they were both students at the University of Wisconsin) in 1944 and she remained the love of his life until her death in 2008.

His college studies were interrupted by World War II where he served in the 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, earning a European Theater of Operations medal with three campaign stars, Purple Heart with one cluster, Silver Star for Gallantry in action, Bronze Star for Valor and Presidential Unit Citation Badge. He resumed college after the war, earning a B.S. in International Relations at American University.

Aside from forays into private business, he served most of his career as an economist with the Agency for International Development (A.I.D) at the State Department from 1968 until his retirement in 1982. After raising a family in Falls Church, Virginia, Mary and Mel retired to Reston, and then to Greensprings Retirement Community in Springfield, Virginia, before Mel spent his final days at the Willows at Meadows Branch Assisted Living in Winchester, Virginia.

He is survived by three children and four grandchildren, Mark Lewis Schuweiler (Jackie Mier) in Morgantown, West Virginia, father of Sarah E. Zinn and Kristen Alberts; Robert Charles Schuweiler (Virginia Pace Schuweiler) in Bunker Hill, West Virginia, father of Mary Beth Schuweiler; and Mary Suzanne “Zan” Schuweiler (Harry W. Boone), in Atlanta, Georgia, mother of Zoe Rose Daab. In addition, he is survived by six great grandchildren.

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