He was born September 27, 1925, at Qulin, MO, the son of Jess and Beulah Agnes Gunnel Melton. He was united in marriage to Lessie Marie Cordell and she preceded him in death in 1965. Mel was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Lee Murray.
Surviving are four children, Kim Overstreet of Hurdland, MO, Gary Melton of Kansas City, MO, Genia Shanley of Keokuk, IA and Larry Melton and wife Jackie of Bucklin, MO, fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, five sisters, Jaunita Roberts of St. Louis, MO, Georgia Davis of Collinsville, IL, Vera Trout and husband Wiley of Marine, IL, Ruby Kersey and husband Mikel of St. Charles, MO, and Audrey Elliott and husband Junior of Pacific, MO, two brothers, Glen Melton and wife Judy of Hillsboro, MO, and Kenneth Melton and wife Irene of Douglasville, PA, and one brother-in-law Clyde Murray of Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
Mel received his education at Qulin, MO. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for several construction companies. Mel took care of the Sever Lake at Hurdland, MO and was a faithful member of the Hurdland Baptist Church. He enjoyed boating, fishing trips to Warsaw, MO for spoonbill and fishing with family and friends. Mel took great pride in raising his four children because of his wife passing away at an early age.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Brother Robert Shobe officiated the services. Burial was in the Hurdland I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Casket bearers were Donnie Melton, Ronnie Melton, Travis Overstreet, Chris Harrison, Rex Sykes and Larry Sykes.
Memorials may be made to the Hurdland Baptist Church. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.