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Robert Earl Melcher, 90, of Greensburg, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. He was born May 20, 1924, in Greensburg, the son of Henry Fred William and Grace (Morrison) Melcher. He was a lifelong resident of Greensburg and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1943.
Mr. Melcher had worked for Mitchell Veneer for 25 years and after they sold out he went to work for Cummins Engine Company for 16 years. He was a member of Greensburg Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the VFW No. 5584, and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed working with wood, a talent that started with shop class in high school. After returning from World War II, he went to work for Mitchell Industries where he continued his love of working with wood.
Mr. Melcher built the home that he and his wife, Mildred, and their three children moved into in 1955. They lived there until Mildred’s passing and Mr. Melcher entered Morning Breeze Nursing Facility later.
Bob (as he was known to his family and friends) was always crafting something out of wood and his family and friends were often recipients of the items he made. He and his wife loved to travel out west to visit family and drive through the Sequoia and Redwood forests. His love for trees was never ending.
He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren.
He had served with the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Stockham DD683 in the South Pacific. He received 10 Battle Stars for service in the South Pacific.
He married Mildred G. “Millie” Weber in Greensburg April 21, 1946. They had been married 57 years when she preceded him in death on October 4, 2003.
Survivors include his sons, Robert Wayne (Mary) Melcher and Gene Allen Melcher, all of Greensburg, and his daughter, Linda Sue (Don) Haptonstall of Columbus; his seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and his niece, Patia Melcher of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred G. “Millie” Melcher; brothers, Bertis Melcher, and infant twin brothers who died at birth.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014, at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with military graveside rites. The Rev. David Thompson will officiate.
Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport was entrusted with handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bassgasper.com.