He was born on Sept. 6, 1923, to James Melvin and Martha Ann (Wyland) Konkle in Clunette, Ind. He was a lifetime Kosciusko County, Ind., resident. He was united in marriage to Edith ‘Ina’ Moore on Aug. 31, 1943, in Warsaw, Ind., recently celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. She preceded him in death. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Sergeant in the European -African Theater as a mechanic. He served from February 17, 1943 and was discharged in 1945 receiving the rank of Sargent.
He was a member of the Claypool United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Warsaw Masonic Lodge #83; Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite; Mizpah Shrine Temple, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Order of Eastern Star 88, Warsaw; Kosciusko County Shrine Club, Warsaw; Claypool Lions Club; and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 49 and VFW Post # 1126 both of Warsaw. He worked for the Indiana Highway Department as a mechanic and retired from Bristol Myers in 1986 where he was machinist and a tool and die maker.
Melvin is survived by his two sons: Dan (Clara) Konkle, Herber Springs, Ariz.; Gale (Nancy) Konkle, Logansport, Ind.; grandchildren: Jonathon, David, Michael and Douglas Konkle; Carey Waters, and Brad, Eric, and Joel Konkle and nine great- grandchildren. A son George in 1986 and 11 siblings preceded him.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 11, at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw. There will be a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. conducted by the Warsaw Masonic #83 in the Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the funeral home with Pastor Michael Settles of the Claypool United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shiners Hospitals for Children, Chicago Hopsital Unit, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL, 33607.
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