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Robert D. Melvin

October 12, 1930 ~ April 20, 2019 (age 88)

Robert Dean Melvin, 88, passed away at 2:38pm on Saturday, April 20 at his home in Champaign.  Robert was born on October 12, 1930 in Monmouth, IL, a son of Merle and Erma Melvin.

Survivors include: his beautiful and loving wife of 60 years, Shirley; three sons, Mike Melvin of Bondville and Gary and Jeff Melvin both of Champaign; two daughters, Sandy Peterson of Oquawka and Robin Auteberry of Longview; two sisters, Norma Metler and Judy Owens both of Monmouth and 10 Grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by one son, Mark and a brother, Bill.  

Bob was a proud Veteran and served his country honorably during the Korean War in the Army.  Upon completion of his service, he returned home and worked as a Pressman for the Monmouth newspaper.  Later he worked locally as the Pressroom Foreman at the Courier newspaper in Urbana.  

Bob loved to play golf and watch it on TV.  He also had two hole-in-one's in his lifetime.  He was always active in his son's lives and was a Little League Coach for several years.  Bob was also a fan of Illini sports and enjoyed both woodworking and painting.  

Bob will be missed by his family and friends.  The family would like to extend a heartfelt 'Thank You' to the team at Transitions Hospice for allowing him to pass away comfortably in his home of 53 years.  

There will be a funeral service at 11:00am on Thursday April 25 at Owens Funeral Home (101 N. Elm St.) in Champaign, with the Rev. Luke Henry officiating.  The visitation will be one hour prior to the service (10:00-11:00) at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana.

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