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Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Melvin Lee "Dutch" Heslop, 89, a 10-year resident of Kingwood, Texas, and previously of Petersburg, Virginia, and San Antonio, Texas, died July 9, 2014. He was born July 25, 1924, in Waco, Texas, to Earl S. and Myrtle G. Heslop.

Dutch entered the Army Air Corps on Aug. 13, 1945. After almost 39 years of active and reserve duty, he retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve on July 25, 1983. with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Early in his military career he was stationed at Eglin AFB in Florida and Casablanca, Morocco.

Graduating from St. Mary's University in San Antonio with a BBA where he was a member of Kappa Pi Sigma, Dutch worked as an accountant, receiving his CPA license in 1969. Dutch and his wife Page moved to Virginia in 1975, settling in Petersburg where he was employed by the U.S. government at Fort Lee. He retired from government service in July 1994.

Dutch was a member of Kingwood First Baptist Church and served faithfully as treasurer of the Houston Northeast Camp of Gideons International. He enjoyed working on the computer, traveling, and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor Page Walker Heslop; his parents; two sisters; and two brothers. He is survived by his wife, Alma Tenant Heslop; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Elizabeth Zibrat and Eugene L. Zibrat of Laurel, Md.; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie Lee Bankston and John R. Bankston Jr. of Kingwood, Texas; granddaughter, Heather Page Bankston and husband, Kristopher Shane Rogers of Haleiwa, Hawaii; grandson, Capt. Andrew Charles Bankston, USMC, and wife, Sherri Renee Bankston; and two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel John Bankston and Paige Marie Bankston of Lexington Park, Md. Survivors also include his sister, Frances Henderson and husband, Tom Henderson of Fort Worth, Texas, and brother, John. E. Heslop of Nederland, Texas, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Houston Northeast Camp of Gideons International or the DeBakey Fisher House of Houston.
Published in The Progress-Index on July 16, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
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22800 Highway 59 North | Kingwood, TX 77339 | (281) 358-9005
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