I.W. "Coach" Melder

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I.W. "Coach" Melder was called home by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday December 7, 2011. Mr. Melder was born July 7, 1923 in Glenmora, Louisiana. Preceding his passing were his parents, Ivy Webster Melder and wife Lena Mae Davis, sisters Doris Riddick, Ray B. Morris and brother Charles O. Melder. During the Depression at age 5, his father passed away. At age 11 his mother passed away, after which he, his brother and two sisters were then placed in the Masonic Lodge Orphans home in Alexandria, LA.

At age 17 he and his brother joined the U.S. Navy. Coach Melder was a WW II veteran of the South Pacific, Guadalcanal, New Caledonia and other islands. After his military service he went back to school, and attended SFA in Nacogdoches, TX.

In 1949 he moved his family to Houston, TX. where he achieved success in the automobile and life insurance business for 13 + yrs. Guided by his dear friend Walter M. Mischer, he started a successful career in the real estate development and investment business in 1962 when he moved to Montgomery, TX.. His success in the real estate business continued for almost 50 yrs.

Coach Melder had a special place in his heart for Big Brothers of Houston, where he served as a former past President. He was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The 100 Club where he helped start The 100 Club of Montgomery County in 1976, Founding Chairman of the Commercial Real Estate Assoc. of Montgomery County, and was civically involved most of his life. He was a big believer in "giving back and paying it forward". He received the nickname "Coach" from his many close friends who were professional football players with the early Houston Oiler AFL teams, and was a charter member of the Oiler Booster Club.

Coach Melder is survived by his loving wife of 36 yrs. JoAnn, stepsons Jeff Moss, Greg Moss and wife Tamela, daughter Donna L. Choate and husband Kenneth, son Webb K. Melder and wife Beverley, and sister Lavern M. Irwin. Grandchildren include Tory Moss, Tracy Melder and wife Rebecca, Courtney Edmiston and husband Matt, Kari L. Shepherd and husband Don, Kelly W. Choate and wife Michelle. Great grandchildren are Barton, Hunter and Carson Melder, Collin and Presley Edmiston, Keller, McKenna, Sawyer, Elizabeth and Ruby Rae Shepherd, Joshua and Caleb Ripley. He has many nieces and nephews, Claudette Perry and Delores Barkley, Donald, Glen and Wayne Morris, Dr. Patrick Melder and brother Michael. Coach has many grand nieces and nephews.

He loved America, and had a special interest in the American Revolution, hence the title of his book, " No Summer Soldier ", and his 1963 prose, " Listen My Son ".

I. W. " Coach" Melder was no summer soldier, he was a proud veteran and deserves a celebrated " Farewell Salute " from all of us who knew and loved him. A Salute to Coach is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 27th. at the 7-Coves Clubhouse on Lake Conroe starting at 11:00 a.m.. You are invited to attend and share in a farewell salute.

Rest easy my love, rest easy our Father and friend, for the Lord has called you home to share eternal life with HIM.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to: Big Brothers Big Sisters @ 6437 High Star - Houston, TX. 77074 Salvation Army @ PO Box 897 - Conroe, TX. 77305 Lighthouse Hospice @ 14011 Park Dr. - Suite 201 - Tomball, TX. 77377 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo - Scholarship Fund @ PO Box 20070 - Houston, TX. 77225 The 100 Club @ 5555 San Felipe St. - Suite 520 - Houston, TX. 77056

Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 13 to Dec. 26, 2011
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