With heavy hearts and sadness, the Aumiller family conveys to you, Melvin Douglas Aumiller, our father, brother, husband and grandfather, passed away on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 visiting family in North Carolina. He was 80 years old.
He was born November 4th, 1940 to Melvin Cleveland Aumiller and Myrtle Eloise Aumiller Griffith in Charlotte, NC. His siblings are: the oldest sister, Carolyn Dillard; younger brother Michael Aumiller (Karen spouse) and sister, Melinda Barnes (Lindy) deceased. His beloved wife Mary Ann Aumiller preceded him in death and is survived by his two sons Curtis Aumiller (Maria-Christina spouse), Keith Aumiller and Grand Children Jasmine and Maximus AumillerMel had a full life. He had a wonderful childhood growing up in North Carolina joined the Marines in 1958 and upon his Father’s early death he helped support his family. Worked for Delmar studios in North Carolina and later would be drafted into the Army in 1966-68 during the Vietnam War where he served with honor achieving a Bronze star and 3 Purple hearts. His early career started in Photography and while in the military would frequently ship rolls of film back to the US. After the war he fostered a relationship that would lead him to a career with Fact photo (CPI) in St Louis, Mo and meet the love of his life Mary Ann. Not long after he would have his two sons Curt and Keith. This early career marked a time where CPI was making innovations in film processing.
Thinking about his family he took a career that would have him overseeing the mechanized operation and production of Dad’s root beer in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 1979, he began an operation for Delmar photography that would oversee photography for most of southern California. Delmar closed 1 year later and started his new business as “The Picture Man.” Five years later the relationships that were fostered led him back to CPI Photo Finish one hour labs where he would become the VP of technical services for many years. Upon his retirement from CPI he would continue to work. He worked at a startup in Kansas for Automotive toppers to other startups and innovations and local manufacturers like Walter Knoll Florist to Hussmann where he continued to enjoy innovating. Mel fully retired shortly after Mary Ann’s passing in 2018.
He’s had many careers in his life. Innovator, Entrepreneur, Engineer, Craftsman, Electrician, Mechanic, Military man, Photographer, Car guy. He has impacted many with his kindness, humility, devotion, time, creativity, good humored spirit and do whatever it takes attitude. He will be remembered for being a loving family man, son, husband, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin, friend, peer.
He will be dearly missed and not forgotten.
Memorials may be made payable to Disabled American Veterans OR American Lung Cancer Society; in care of Pitman Funeral Home, PO Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.
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