R. Larry Melvin, 80, of Quincy, passed away following a long battle with lung cancer, at 1:48 p.m. Sunday (March 5, 2017) at his home surrounded by his family. Larry was a member of Central Baptist Church and took comfort in knowing there is a better life ahead in the presence of our Lord.
Born March 1, 1937 in Lancaster, Missouri, Larry was the son of Ralph N. and Maudie I. Fields Melvin. The family moved to Quincy on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941.
A 1955 graduate of Quincy High School, Larry and several friends wasted no time in joining the Army. He served one year in the states and two years in Germany. He was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Following his discharge, Larry worked at Electric Wheel and Dandee Bread before joining Pepsi Cola in September, 1960. Larry worked in sales at Pepsi for 13 years and then in management for 17 years, retiring as Director of Operations for Refreshment Services Pepsi. Not one to sit around, you may have run into Larry on one of his many jobs he had following his retirement.
Larry married Donna J. Breuer on October 31, 1958. Larry and Donna were the proud and loving parents of three children, Jett, Scott and Samantha. Donna preceded him in death on December 19, 2009. Larry married Phyllis Cook on November 25, 1984 in Ocala, Florida. She preceded him in death on August 8, 2006. He married Judy Predmore on November 4, 2016. She survives.
Larry spent many hours attending sporting events of his grandchildren, everything from soccer, baseball, volleyball, football and basketball.. If there was a game they played, Larry was there. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Nascar racing. The best times for him was when the entire family was together to celebrate the holidays. His handyman work for the family will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Judy; a daughter, Samantha Billingsley (Kenny) of Quincy; two sons, Scott Melvin (Anita) of Quincy and Jett Melvin (Geri) of Quincy; a step son, Destry Cook (Debbie) of Monroe City, MO; eight grandchildren, Kassady "Kassy" Melvin, Lacey Platt, Presley Melvin Dean (Theo), Bronson Melvin, Kolter Melvin, Katy Keller, Eric Keller and Matthew Cook; five great grandchildren; step children with his wife, Judy; Julie Porter (Scott) of Keokuk, IA, Cliff Hatfield (Tena) of Basco, IL and Christine Hatfield of Keokuk, IA; a sister, Mary Nichols (Duane) of Quincy; a dear friend, Anne Silvey of Columbia, MO; and many loving nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his children's mother, Donna; his wife, Phyllis; his brother, Bill Melvin (June); and a step son, Robert L. Hatfield.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, 1435 State Street, Quincy, Illinois. Burial with Military Honors by the Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post 55 will be in the Grandview Burial Park in Hannibal, Missouri.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or Chaddock.