HARVARD – John William Melson, 90, of Harvard, died Monday, July 2, 2012, at Northwoods Care Center in Belvidere.
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He was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Hardin County, Tenn., to William H. and Lillie (Brewer) Melson. He married Adelaide Chilson on July 7, 1955, in Corinth, Miss. John served in the United States Army during World War II and was involved in the battles of Normandy and Ardennes Rhineland.
He worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as the mechanic in charge.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary (Ken) Reynolds of Harvard, Marilyn (Bill) Kidd of Rockford and Debra (David) Decker of Harvard; four sons, Ben (Christine) Melson of Savannah, Tenn., David Melson of Rockford, Pete (Ruth) Melson of Kendallville, Ind., and Paul (Lola) Janis of Savannah, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sarah Marie, Gladys Rio and Lena Elizabeth; three brothers, Herbert Hoover, Frank Norman and Austin Ray; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Anna Wallace; second wife, Adelaide Chilson; son, John Melson; one grandchild; three sisters, Carrie Magdeline, Christine and Mary Anna; and five brothers, Charlie Thomas, Robert Taylor, Virgil Clifford, Billy Keaton and Pony Monroe.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the National Diabetes Association, 455 N. Prairie Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301.
For information, call Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home at 815-943-5400. Sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.
Published in the Northwest Herald on July 4, 2012