Gregory J. Melyon

Gregory J. Melyon

WHITING, IN - Gregory J. Melyon, 58 of Whiting, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Donna (nee Klapak); loving brother of Dan (Ellen) Melyon and Mark (Gerardette) Melyon; dearest uncle to many nieces and nephews; dear brother-in-law of Paul "Otis" Klapak and Frank (late Janet) Lowry; and his best friend Guinness Melyon.

\Private funeral services will be held, there is no visitation. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the BARAN FUNERAL HOME, 1235-119th St., Whiting. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on-line at www.baranfh.com.

Greg Melyon was born on March 20, 1962 to Henry and Alice (Simala) Melyon and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet Region. He was a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute, Class of 1980 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting. Greg was a 2nd generation firefighter and began his career with the Gary, Indiana Fire Department. He was one of a dozen firefighters in the City chosen to form Squad 2, a flying manpower squad, running to literally hundreds of emergency calls a year. Squad 2 would become one of the busiest heavy rescue squads in the country and its members, some of the most skilled firefighters in the industry. When our country was attacked on September 11, 2001, he responded with a group of fellow firefighters to New York City to support the efforts of the FDNY. Greg came up through the ranks, holding many positions and would retire as Chief of Operations from the City of Gary with 27 years of dedicated service. After retiring from Gary, he became a training instructor at the BP Whiting Refinery, where he continued to share his incredible knowledge of safety and emergency response. Greg was a member of the IAFF Local 359, the 5-11 Club of Chicago, the Fire Buffs of Illinois and was a founding member of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago. He enjoyed photographing fire apparatus and collecting fire apparatus pictures, memorabilia and die-cast emergency vehicles. Greg was an avid traveler and connoisseur of local cuisine. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60609. (219) 659-4400



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Dear Donna, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband, Greg. I was Blessed to know him from our years at Indiana Harbor Catholic Elementary School through Bishop Noll, and he was always so kind and happy! What a proud tradition to honor his Father in the noblest way! He remains a hero to all of us, and we are so grateful for his courage, strength, and sacrifice. May God bless you and your family during this most challenging time.
Nancy Moss Anglis
October 28, 2020
I JUST saw him!!!!! My sincere condolences to his family and friends. God BLESS you Greg.
Julie Dolato
October 13, 2020
god bless my childhood friend may he rest in peace i loved him like a brother
Bill Grish
October 12, 2020
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family. SINCERELY The Anast family G.F.D.
Dean Anast
October 11, 2020
On behalf of Gary Squad 2, to The Melyon Family and loving wife, Donna. This hour is full of reflection on your loved one, Greg Melyon. Someone special who experienced good things and blessings while on earth and beyond is his new home. It was designed and we all participated accordingly. May God's grace be upon you.
Reginald Barksdale
October 11, 2020
To Donna and The Melyon Family, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss and Heaven's gain. G.O.K. I enjoyed Greg and privileged to have crossed paths with him by way of The Gary Fire Department, Flying Manpower Squad 2. "Do not go where the path may lead, but go where there is no path and leave a trail." The experience and honor of service to Gary, Indiana is priceless. Everything that is done today should showcase your best because you can't change yesterday. All paths lead home. Thank you Greg. "Brothers In The Heat."
Reginald Barksdale
October 11, 2020
To the Melyon Family and Gregory's wife, Donna. Please accept my deepest sympathy on this tremendous loss. I was lucky to know your Greg since grade school at Harbor Catholic and then on to Noll. He was a wonderful human being with a wonderful and kind heart. Prayers to all of you at this very sad time.
Lilly Margo Arzumanian Sokolevski
October 11, 2020
Dear classmate, and fellow plank member of Squad 2, you will be missed for your knowledge and your friendship. Donna and family I am so sad and my total condolences to you. Greg will be missed.
Cary Darnell
October 11, 2020
Some of the best memories were at his parents house in East Chicago. Kegger, Rich B., myself and Greg would stay up all night playing Trivia Pursuit, watching James Bond movies and VHS tapes of comedians Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Robin Williams. We used to go out for breakfast and just laugh the hours away. Greg, was always there if I needed to talk to about anything. He was one of the good guys. I am very sad and will truly you miss you my friend and I will see another time. Heaven has welcomed their newest angel and Greg Melyon is his name. Thank you for service and friendship. Condolences and Prayer to all the family.
Tim Evans
October 10, 2020
Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Don and Sharon Apato
October 10, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss Donna, and for the family members of the Melyon and Klapak families. Our deepest sympathy to all. Prayers=O
Richard and Michele(Mickey)Roark
October 10, 2020
Donna we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Luanne Jurczak
October 10, 2020
Greg...my fellow classmate from BNI and Brother Firefighter. We had so much fun chasing the East Chicago Fire Department and your father, Drill Instructor Henry Melyon. Not to mention a very young Bill Timmer (now Highland FD Chief). Our time on earth is short, but I am so happy we were friends and shared times together. Rest In Peace my friend and may perpetual light shine upon you. You are our angel now. Fly with us now, until we meet again. As a Firefighter...Everbody Goes Home.
Joe Kruzan
October 10, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We worked together at BP and I loved to hear his stories about firefighting and 911. He was a wonderful teacher and loved by all. May God bring peace to Donna and may we all join Greg with Our Lord when he calls us home.
Deacon Rob Litavecz
October 10, 2020