Mark Melton Obituary

Mark  Melton
Mark Melton
Mark Melton

September 22, 1954 - October 10, 2014
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Mark Melton, 60, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014, from an unexpected accident. Funeral services will be held at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines, on Tuesday the 14th at 11am. Visitation will be held at Iles Dunn's Chapel, Monday the 13th from 4pm-7pm.

Mark was born on September 22, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa to Violet and Jake Melton. As a child he attended St. Augustin Elementary, and graduated from Dowling High School in 1973. Mark spent a majority of his career as an aircraft mechanic for Northwest & Mesaba Airlines, and finished at John Deere. Mark was an avid outdoorsman who spent most of his summers backpacking in the Colorado Rockies. He was a staple in the Westwood Neighborhood, and was active in the St. Augustin's parish. Mark was a "jack of all trades", who would be the first to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He loved spending his time with family and friends, playing games of cribbage, and listening to classic rock and roll. He lived all across the USA, and traveled around the world. He will always be remembered for his strength, generosity, selflessness, and great sense of humor even in his final moments.

Mark is survived by his three children, Joshua Melton (Alicia) of Lakeville, MN, Krys Rankin (Michael) of Des Moines, IA, and Karrin Melton of Chicago, IL; his siblings, Diane Melton and Debbie (Tom) Wheeler and in-laws, Lise Melton, and Scott Vance. Mark is preceded by his parents Gerald "Jake" and Violet Melton, Greg Melton (brother), and Dawn Vance (sister).

A special thanks to the first responders, the incredible staff at the University of Iowa Hospital; especially Dr. Wibbenmeyer, and the Burn Unit. Also special thanks to the EMTs who brought Mark to see his home one last time. It's a special place for the Meltons as it has been in the family for over 60 years. We also appreciate the kindness and tenderness shown by the staff at Bright Kavanagh Hospice.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Mark Melton Fund Account c/o of Debbie Wheeler at 14246 Elmcrest Court, Clive, IA, 50325.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, October 13, 2014
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Augustin's Catholic Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
11:00 AM
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