He was born on Nov. 7, 1920, in Jasper County, Ind., to Melva Blue Sr. and Bessie May (Montague) Blue. On Nov. 9, 1940, he was married to Mary Ellen Ott, who survives.
Melva was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County, Ind. He started working at the Warsaw Foundry on Feb. 8, 1946, and retired as the superintendent on April 1, 1987, after 41 years of service. He also co-owned and operated Service Liquor Store and Den-Nella Pizza for many years. He was an avid bowler, having been selected as a Hall of Fame Bowler.
He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf. Melva was a devoted family man, willing to lend a helping hand to anyone.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 71 years: Mary Ellen Blue, Warsaw; one son: Dennis (Sue) Blue, Polk City, Fla.; his daughter: Paula Devenney, Warsaw; four grandchildren: Tracey (Kerry) Rose, Warsaw; Douglas (Rae Ann) Blue, Orange, Calif.; Thomas Devenney, Chicago, Ill.; Stacy (Joseph) Stanley, Warsaw, Ind.; and six great-grandchildren: Austin and Sydney Rose; Travis and Payton Blue; Makyla Devenney; and Madyson Stanley.
He was preceded in death by his grandson: Mathew Devenney; a son-in-law: James Devenney; two brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. His funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home and officiated by Pastor Larry Burkhart. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.