MELVIN "MEL" LEON DREW, 53, of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in the comfort of his daughter's home in Chicago, Ill. He attended Snider High School, was an Honorable Veteran of the Air Force, a martial arts master and instructor, and a mentor to his family and community. He is lovingly survived by his daughters, Timeka Drew, Talissa Muir, Tamara Drew, and Nakia Patterson; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Rebecca Stevens, Bettye Drew-Johnson, LeeElla Schoal, Linda Faye Drew; brothers, Tommie Drew, Lee Drew, James Drew, Charles Drew; and mother, Annie Lee Drew. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tabatha Shiree Drew; brother, David Drew Jr.; and sister, Corine Drew. Memorial service is 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, Ill. Reception to follow. Arrangements by Giancola Funeral & Cremation.

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on July 22, 2013