|Death: ||Feb. 23, 2011|
William "Loren" Melton, the oldest of 6 children and only son of Jessie and Grady (Dockins) Melton was born April 25, 1923 in Izard County, Arkansas. He passed away peacefully in the late afternoon of Wednesday, February 23. Mr. Melton served in the Army Air Force as an airplane and engine mechanic during World War II. He married Glenna Speak on March 21, 1951, and they moved to the Moxee area. She preceded him in death in 2009, after celebrating 58 years of marriage.
Mr. Melton worked at Larson Air Force Base, George Joseph, and retired from Peters Orchard in 1989. Loren was a 60-year Master Mason of Lodge #141 in Melbourne, Arkansas. He loved to spend weekends "kicking tires" and bought his first brand new Ford in 1950. He will be remembered as a hard-working southern man of few words who spent much of his time with his family and visiting with friends. In the spring of 2010, he made a trip to Arkansas to visit his sisters, family and old friends. His great-grandchildren lovingly referred to him as "Big Grandpa".
Survivors include his son David Melton and wife, Anita, of Naches; daughter Marilyn Kay Ohlde and husband, Dale, of Raytown, Missouri; and daughter Mary Ann Poirier and husband, Tim, of Moxee. He grandchildren include Dan Means (Nicole), Sheila Delquadri (Darrin) and Vicki Newkirk (Raphael), Quinton Ewing, and Bradley Poirier. Great grandchildren are Makaylah Newkirk, Ava Butler, and Wyatt and Katie Delquadri. Other survivors include sisters, Golda Cockrum Withers of Yakima and Helen Martin of Jordan, Arkansas.
Loren was preceded in death by his wife Glenna, son Jimmy Ray Melton, his parents, and sisters Arzella Vaughn, Ella Rhea Everett and Faye Rodman.
Donations in Loren's memory may be made to Rite Care Fund or Shriners Hospitals for Children in care of Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors, 201 N. 2nd Street, Yakima, WA 98901.
Visitation will be offered Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Shaw & Sons, with the funeral set for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, the 28th, also at the funeral home. Final committal will follow at Terrace Heights Memorial Park. An online guestbook may be signed at www.shawandsons.net.
"The Greatest Man
We Never Knew"
Glenna Belle Speak Melton (1927 - 2009)*
Terrace Heights Memorial Park
Created by: Sharon Bailey
Record added: Feb 25, 2011
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