Jimmie R. Mellen

Jimmie R. Mellen
Jimmie R. ‘Jim’ Mellen of Plainwell passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in Allegan. Jim was born December 9, 1932 in Battle Creek, the son of Harold and Coletta (Daisy) Mellen. Jim retired in 1994 after working many years in home construction. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954 and was a member of the American Legion in Plainwell and a life member of VFW Post #3030 and Dad’s Post #56. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and woodworking. On June 29, 1996, he married Jean (Hall) DeBruin, who survives. Also surviving are one son and five daughters, Carol (Bob) Oakes of Abeline Texas, Vicky (Jim) Mast of Thlequah, OK, Harold (Kelly) Mellen of Blue Springs, MO, Lisa (Joseph) Brown of Walkerton, NC, Connie (Skip) Bergeron of Thiladoux, LA and Coletta Crews of Jackson; stepchildren, Donald (Sue) Oakes of New Berlin, WI, Daniel (Deb) Oakes of Crystal River, FL, Theresa (Curt) Cook of Mt. Washington, KY, Karen (Steve) Kile of Livonia; many grand and great grand children; two sisters, Yvonne (Floyd) Slater of Plainwell, Carol (Fred) Lange of Monahans, TX; two sisters-in-law Anna Marie Collins and Vada Mallott both of Logansport, IN; a brother-in-law, Bob Dillon of Onward, IN; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Clara (Wilson) Mellen, a son, Jimmie K. Mellen, a brother, Arthur Mellen, his sister Ila Phillips, sister-in-law Beverly Dillion and a granddaughter, Melissa Oakes. Friends may meet with his family on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where services will be held Saturday at 10:00 A.M., Pastor Daniel Oakes officiating, with military honors by VFW Post #3030.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. at Riverside Cemetery in Three Rivers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the charity of choice.
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