Dewey Jack Melton, 92, Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, passed away at 5:55 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
He was born on Sept. 14, 1928, in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, Ala. to Addie Lee (Murphy) Melton and Arthur Melton. He was a 1946 graduate of Waterloo High School and at the young age of 21, on July 29, 1950, he married Beverly Anne Aughinbaugh in South Bend.
They weren’t married very long when Dewey enlisted in the United States Army on Dec. 6, 1951, and proudly served in Korea. He received the Korean Service Medal, three bronze stars, and the National Defense Service Medal for his service and was honorably discharged on Dec. 5, 1954. He was one of the lucky men that returned home and he was able to raise two sons and share 68 years of marriage with Beverly. They shared many good times before she passed away on August 24, 2018.
Dewey had worked for Simon Brothers from 1947-1972 as their institutional food salesman, and ended his working career working at Grace College and Seminary from 1972 until he retired in 1989. He was the field representative and financial planner for Grace as well as the Director of Supporting Services.
Dewey had been a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana for the past 46 years where he was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church where for many years he enjoyed the fellowship with his church family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: David D. (Darlene) Melton, Hendersonville, Tenn.; and Don J. (Michelle) Melton, Brownsburg. He also leaves behind his beloved four grandchildren: Pamela (Chris) Byrd, St. Charles, Mo.; Brandon Melton, Middleburg, Fla.; Robbie (Jessica) Melton, Madison, Tenn.; Christen Melton, Jacksonville, Fla.; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Mattie B. White, Waterloo, Ala.; and Christine Killen, Florence, Ala. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beverly, and two brothers.
Visitation will be held prior to his service from noon- 1:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, and Dewey’s life will be celebrated with a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw and officiated by Chaplain Bryan Benjamin. Military rites will be conducted by members of the American Legion Post #49, V.F.W. #1126 both of Warsaw, and active duty members of the Army Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be directed to Grace Village Retirement Community, 337 Grace Village Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590; or to Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com