41149 US Hwy 2, Deer River, MN, passed away January 9, 2018, at the age of 84, St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Mel was born on January 17, 1933 to Henry and Jessie (Shannon) Gullickson in Deer River, MN. He graduated from Deer River High School June of 1951. In June 1953, Mel drafted into the Army and served as an Army Aircraft Mechanic. After he returned home from the Korean War in 1955, he met and started dating Lily Mae Barnes. They were married on July 21, 1956.