Chief Warrant Officer of the United States Navy, Bruce Wayne Melvin, 63, of Christopher was called home by God with his family by his side at 3:38 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2012 in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born March 17, 1949 in Herrin to Emery and Sarah Faye (Williams) Melvin. He married Patricia (Pruitt) Melvin on November 6, 1971 in Reno, Nevada.
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Survivors include his wife, Patricia Melvin of Christopher; four sisters, Brenda Bushnell of Peoria, Il., Jean Vik of Nevada, Tx., Paulette Clagg of Farmers City, Il. and Harriet Mitchell of Weatherford, Tx.; four brothers, Weldo Melvin of Auburn, Wa., Tim Melvin of Logan, Il., Dan Melvin, of Colville, Wa. and Joseph Melvin of Fort Hood, Tx..
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Susan Weneck and Janice Payton.
Bruce was proud to serve his country in the United states Navy for 22 ½ years during Vietnam and Desert Storm. While in the Navy he ministered to the young men and women under his command. Bruce loved the Lord and liked teaching young people about God's love and grace. Bruce was a giving man who cared about his fellow comrades. His ministry continued by becoming a member of the Christian Motorcycle Assn. For several years he used his Harley to reach out to other bikers and shared God's amazing grace.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Thompsonville Church of God with Pastor Brian Mixon officiating. Visitation will be after 12:00 p.m. Noon at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thompsonville Church of God Youth Fund or the Wounded Veterans Fund and will be accepted at the church or funeral home. Parker - Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to sign the guest register visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily American News from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, 2012