Darrel Melton

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Darrel Melton

February 25, 1928 - December 10, 2018

Darrel Melton Darrel Eugene "Gene" Melton, 90, of Joplin, Mo., passed away December 10, 2018.
Gene was born February 25, 1928, in Oak Grove, Ark., to William and Dora Melton. He was a 1945 graduate of Seneca High School. Following high school, Gene served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On April 13, 1952 Gene was united in marriage to Virginia Fithian. To this union four children were born.
He was employed for 30 years at Ozark Engineering, where he did steel fabrication. Gene was a member of Empire Baptist Church, in Joplin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Virginia Melton; a son, Kevin Melton; and four siblings, Lorene Ingram, Mary Hoagland, William Melton and Gerald Melton.
Survivors include his children, Kristy Verbryck (Carey), Kenny Melton (Polly) and Kelley Melton (Lesley); daughter-in-law, Pam Melton; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mollie Tracy; as well as a host of extended family and friends.
Memorial services for Gene and Virginia are 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, at First Baptist Church, in Carl Junction, with Pastor Jim Albers officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation at 10 a.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Empire Baptist Church, PO Box 4383, Joplin, MO 64803.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on December 16, 2018
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