Eugene L. Melchior, "Midge," 84, of Wilmington, Del., died Friday March 14, 2014, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, Pa.
He was the husband of Julienne Freschi Melchior, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Nicholas and the late Molly DiCrescenzo Melchior. He was preceded in death by his brother Nicholas.
Eugene graduated from the Pennsylvania Military College in 1949 at age 19, and was a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the army. As a 1st lieutenant paratrooper, he proudly served our country during the Korean War
. For his bravery, he was awarded two Purple Heart
s, the Bronze Star
and the Silver Star.
After the war and two years in veterans hospitals, he was hired by Hercules Powder Company and worked there for six years. Wanting to be his own boss, he owned and operated Midge's Bar in Kennett Square for 35 years.
He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW
. Midge was an active member of the Italian American Citizens League in Kennett Square where he enjoyed camaraderie and card playing for over 50 years. He also loved golf, bocce ball, and traveling up and down the East Coast with his wife, family and friends.
Survivors include, in addition to his wife Julienne, two sons, Gene Melchior and his wife Laurie of Charlotte N.C., and John Melchior and his wife Diane of Avondale; five grandchildren, Mark, Tony, Jaclyn, Andrea and Johnny; and one great-granddaughter, Julienne.
You are invited to visit with Eugene's family and friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116), 250 W. State St., Kennett Square.
His funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square. Interment will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, c/o Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, Md. 21741; or to St. John the Beloved Parish, 907 Milltown Road, Vianney House, Wilmington, DE 19808.
To share a memory with Eugene's family, please visit www.griecocares.com.