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Donald F. Mellinger

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Donald F. Mellinger

AGE: 73 • Wilmington, Del.

At age 73, Donald passed away peacefully in the presence of family on February 16th. He was born in Port Deposit MD, the son of Francis and Vera (McNiss) Mellinger. He grew up living and working on various family farms. After he was done with school he started a career in farming and raised a family. After farming, Donald took his hard work ethic and became a professional truck driver, working many hours for various roll-off companies. In his spare time Donald enjoyed riding dirt bikes and spending time mud-hop racing with his son-in-law Maurice and The Gang. His favorite pastime was telling stories! Upon retiring Donald enjoyed spending time with his grand children and the family dogs, road trips, hanging out at the coffee shop, and putting a good spin on a story… tall tales!!!

Donald is survived by his brother Jerry and his wife Chris. His sister Beverly and her husband Ray. His daughters Chrissy Mellinger and Lisa Stapleford. His son Marty Mellinger. His favorite son-in-law Maurice Stapleford. His daughter-in-law and savior Dawn Mellinger. And his granddaughters Kasey and Shannon Mellinger. He is also survived by his partner in crime and four-legged furry friend Bailey and his grand pups Odie, Luna, Oliver and Sedona.

The family and Donald would like to give a special thanks to Dawn for always going over and above to take care of Donald and also to Christiana Hospital, Heartland Hospice, Seasons Hospice, and his nurses aides Heather, Becky and Miranda.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 24th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes with Chapel Services to follow at 6:30 pm at 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Family and friends will be invited directly after to a gathering to celebrate Donald's life.

In lieu of flowers, support or contributions can be made to Faithful Friends in Donald's name at 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. God Bless.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2016
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