Melvin M. "Mel" Mains
Memorial Service: 11:00 Saturday, May 31, 2003 at the St. John
Lutheran Church in Beatrice, NE.
"Mel" Mains, 73 years of age, of Beatrice, NE. passed away
at his home early Tuesday morning, May 27, 2003. He was born on
October 17, 1929 on a farm southwest of Holmesville, NE. He was a
1947 graduate of Wymore High School, Wymore, NE. He attended
Doane College at Crete, NE. in 1948, majoring in Astronomy. He then
attended The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. with an interest
in radio broadcasting. Toward the end of that year at the University
of Nebraska, he learned that a group of investors in Beatrice, NE.
were planning to start a new radio station in Beatrice, NE. under
the direction of majority owner and manager John Thorwald. He
cleaned up after the carpenters and helped string wires and solder
connections, free of charge. He was later hired at KWBE in Beatrice,
NE. on June 1, 1949. He later became the news and farm director for
KWBE. He then was hired as the farm director and news reporter at
KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1949. He and Donna Criswell of
Marshalltown, Iowa were married in 1951. In 1951 he received notice
to report for duty in the United States Army during the Korean
Conflict. His basic training was at Fort Hood, California. He was
transferred to Kansas City, MO. to help set up the Hometown News
Center for the United States Army and also worked for the KIMO radio
station and the KCTY television station in Kansas City, MO. After
his military duty he was employed full time as an on air newscaster
for KCTY television and then for WDAF television in Kansas City, MO.
After several other jobs, he auditioned for a job at KOLN-KGIN,
Channel 10-11 TV in Lincoln, NE. and was hired on November 1, 1961.
He was the local news anchor for the 6 and 10:00 broadcasts for over
34 years, retiring in 1995. He brought his 52 year radio and
television career to a close where it all began by working part-time at KWBE radio in
Beatrice, NE. until May 1, 2001. He and Karen (Essman) Wright were
married on June 23, 1990. He received the Lifetime Broadcast
Achievement Award from the Nebraska AP Broadcasters Association on
March 29, 2003. He was a member of the Christ Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Beatrice, NE. He was a member of the
Bitting-Norman Post #27, American Legion and the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, Aerie #531, both in Beatrice, NE. and the Moose Lodge in
Marysville, KS. He enjoyed dancing, yard work and traveling.
include his wife Karen; son Marc E. Mains and his wife Amy of
O'Fallon, MO.; 3 step sons, Steve Wright and his wife Julie of
Beatrice, NE., Bob Wright and his wife Lisa of Omaha, NE., and Dr.
Bill Wright and his wife Kathy of Lincoln, NE.; step daughter
Jeannine Gray and her husband Bud of Shirley, Indiana; granddaughter
Marcia Mains; step grandchildren Garret,
Ethan, Jenilee, Braden and Shae Wright, Keaton and Peyton Gray; mother in law Adela
Essman of Beatrice, NE.; brother in law Gary Essman and his wife
Barb of North Platte, NE.; nephew David Essman of North Platte, NE.;
and niece Jennifer Essman of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by
his parents Mark and Eva (Jilg) Mains, brother Arnold Mains, and
father in law Elmer Essman.
Memorial services will be held
at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 31, 2003 at the St. John Lutheran
Church, 6th and Washington Streets in Beatrice, NE. with Reverend
Alton Schwandt officiating. Private interment will be Saturday
morning in the Evergreen Home Cemetery in Beatrice, NE. with
military graveside services provided by Bitting-Norman Post #27,
American Legion of Beatrice, NE. A family prayer service will be
held at 10:45 A.M. Saturday at the church. Closed
casket visitation will be held Wednesday from 10-5:00, Thursday from
9-9:00 and Friday from 9-6:00 at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in
Beatrice, NE. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Beatrice
Community Hospital Hospice Program, American Cancer Society and the
Beatrice Senior Citizens Center with the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel
in Beatrice, NE. in charge. Messages of condolence may be sent to email@example.com.
They will be forwarded to the family.
Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice is in charge of