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Dr. Daniel Mellinger II

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Mellinger II, Dr. Daniel Warren Lost his lengthy battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease Wednesday, July 30th at his residence, surrounded by his family. Born September 14th, 1953 in Gary, Indiana, Dan was a son of the late Daniel Warren and Margaret Valyocsik Mellinger. While growing up in Merrillville, Indiana, he attended local schools and graduated from Merrillville High School. He earned his Doctor's Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1979 and soon after joined the practice of Dr. Tomas McNeill at Northwood Animal Hospital in High Point. Upon Dr. McNiell's retirement, Dan purchased the business and continued its operation until November 2012 when he sold the practice due to his health. Since 1979, he had been a loyal and active member of the First Presbyterian Church where he had served as a Deacon and Elder of the Church and was an adult leader of the Boy Scouts, Troop #20. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of High Point where he was a member of the George F. Hixon Fellowship and was awarded, by the club, a lifetime membership. He was also a member of the N.C. Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Association. On June 18th, 1977, he married the former Deborah "Debbie" Pecsok, who survives of the home. Also surviving are his daughter, Corie Mellinger Gallemore and her husband, John Douglas of Chicago, Illinois; a son, Daniel Warren Mellinger III and his wife, Anna of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Lynn Mellinger Schaffer and her husband, Jim of Geneseo, Illinois, Cathy Mellinger Mee of Merrillville, Indiana, Lorie Mellinger Triplett and her husband, Ira of Merrillville, Indiana; three brothers, Brett Mellinger and his wife, Maria of New York, New York, Rand Mellinger and his wife, Cathy of Noblesville, Indiana, Scott Mellinger of Valpraiso, Indiana; and one granddaughter, Claire Danielle Gallemore. Other survivors are his mother-in-law and father-in-law, A.L. and Shirley Starr of Naples, Florida; and two brothers-in-law, Jim Pecsok and his wife, Barbara of Chesapeake, Virginia and Tom Pecsok and his wife, Ella of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate Dan's life will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday in the Sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Ken Broman-Fulks officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Sechrest Funeral Service in High Point. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to The First Presbyterian Church, 918 North Main Street, High Point, NC 27262; Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262; Kiwanis Club of High Point, P.O. Box 2724, High Point, NC 27261-2724 or to Wake Forest Baptist Health, ALS Clinic, the Catfish Hunter Chapter, Medical Center Blvd. Winston-Salem, NC 27157. "Never be daunted." Online condolences can be made at www.sechrestfuneral.com. Arrangements by Sechrest Funeral Service, 1301 E. Lexington Avenue, High Point.
Published in the Post Tribune on Aug. 2, 2014
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