Dennis Wayne Melvin
Dennis Wayne Melvin
Family and friends of Dennis Wayne Melvin,72, West Plains, Missouri are invited to attend funeral services at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday November 21st, 2020 at 10:30 am., under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mr. Melvin peacefully passed away Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
He was born January 29th, 1948 at White Church Missouri, to Paul Leo Melvin and Nellie Elizabeth Hendrix Melvin. He was blessed to have grown up on the farm in White Church, Missouri. He was proud to be from White Church, and passionate about his childhood and his upbringing. Wayne graduated from West Plains High School with the Class of 1966. On February 12, 1972, he was married to Wilda Wood. They have been together side by side for the last 48 years. Mr. Melvin was a veteran, having served with the United States Army. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with his Associates Degree. He primarily worked two jobs his entire life. First, working 13 years at the Shoe Factory in West Plains and later retiring from the United States Post Office after 35 years of service. He loved both jobs and was grateful of all the long-lasting relationships that he built, first as a factory worker and then as a mail carrier on the streets of West Plains. He enjoyed visiting with his family, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and just driving the backroads enjoying nature. Mr. Melvin instilled humility and a strong work ethic into both of his sons. He was a good husband and a loving father to his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and those that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Wilda Melvin, of the family home; two children, Denny Melvin of West Plains, Missouri, James Melvin and wife, Samantha, West Plains, five grandchildren, Amanda Melvin, Kirsten Kays, Dakota Phegley, Drew Melvin and Kaden Melvin; one great-grandchild, Grey Kays; two brothers, Ronald Melvin and wife, Helen, Springfield, Missouri, and Donnie Melvin, West Plains; three sisters, Rita Roberson and husband, Danny, Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Virginia Newberry, Valley Park, Missouri and Barbara Hanks and husband, Rick, Willow Springs, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie and Tammy Melvin; and many nieces and nephews of which he was proud.
Although he only knew them for a short time, his caregivers the last few months of his life were very special to him, Nurse Stephanie, His Roberta, Nurse Makayla, Nurse Susan and any of the Hospice Staff that came to visit him.
His parents, five brothers, John Michael, David, Ed, Tom, and Dale Melvin, his father-in-law, Dale Wood and mother-in-law, Marie Wood, preceded him in death.
Mr. Melvin will lie in state from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 West Main, West Plains, MO 65775.
Larry and Pam Coffman
November 19, 2020 @ 11:39 am
Wilda and family. We are so very sorry to hear about Wayne. Larry and I both enjoyed visiting with him. Loved the stories about the lottery! May God give you and your family comfort and strength. Larry and Pam Coffman
November 19, 2020 @ 1:25 pm
So sorry to hear about your loss!!! Thinking and praying for all of your family!!??
Lisa Manion Meade
November 19, 2020 @ 12:26 pm
Wilda, Denny & James,
I’m so sorry to learn of Dennis’ passing. He was always such a huge supported of Mike & Bob growing up. He loved to tease me and give me a hard time. He would always ask me if I was Mike Manion’s sister, then when James and Bob came along to play ball together, he asked if I was Bobby Manion’s sister. 🙂 I have special memories of sitting at the ball field many, many nights with him. Praying for comfort for you all!
Mike Manion’s Sister,
Lisa Manion Meade
Vicky Stokes Ford
November 19, 2020 @ 12:56 pm
Praying for you and your family.
Leslie Manion King
November 21, 2020 @ 12:49 pm
Wilda, Denny and James,
So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. He was always so much fun to be around and both my boys loved listening to his stories. May he Rest In Peace.
Teresa eldringhoff romans
November 19, 2020 @ 1:07 pm
Wilda….our sincerest condolences.
Mike and Diana Pace
November 19, 2020 @ 1:56 pm
We are so sorry to hear of our classmate, Wayne, passing away. Our deepest condolences and prayers for his family.
November 19, 2020 @ 2:33 pm
Wilda , sorry to hear about Wayne
Your family our in my prayers. Love you Anita
November 19, 2020 @ 2:44 pm
Deepest sympathy to your family.
Travis and Sue Wheeler
WPHS Class of 1966
November 19, 2020 @ 4:01 pm
Words cannot express what I thought of Wayne. Wilda and Wayne have been lifelong friends and I will cherish all the memories we have shared through the years. My thoughts and prayers to Wilda and the boys and all those who loved him.
Glen and Nancy (McClure) Parrish
November 19, 2020 @ 5:13 pm
Wilda and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
November 19, 2020 @ 5:19 pm
Dear Melvin family: We were blessed to live just across the garden from the Melvins in White Church??? When Nellie took a loaf of bread from the oven we all came from far and wide to grab a buttery slice….Wayne and I were both the same age and grew up as friends and neighbors! I remember walking in to the barn at milking time and Wayne thought it was so funny to squirt me with milk from 20 feet away? RIP sweet friend and hugs to all your loved ones!
November 19, 2020 @ 5:59 pm
Wilda, Denny, and James my sincerest condolences to you. I pray that God gives you comfort during this time.??
November 19, 2020 @ 7:22 pm
Wilda and sons.so sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed visiting with Wayne.
November 19, 2020 @ 9:52 pm
Wayne was a great friend and I remember all the good times we had hauling hay and playing around in White Church. Sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family.
Eddie and Vickie Lawrence
November 19, 2020 @ 10:06 pm
So sorry to learn of Wayne’s passing. My mother and Ed loved working with Mel at the Post Office. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
Hassel and Alice (Newberry) Vandergriff
November 20, 2020 @ 5:54 am
Wilda and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. God bless and take care of you all.
Jerry and Mary Norsworthy
November 20, 2020 @ 5:56 am
Wayne will be missed
Patty and Jim Goss
November 20, 2020 @ 8:12 am
Wilda, my prayers are with you during this time. May God comfort you and your family.
November 20, 2020 @ 9:34 am
Wilds so sorry for your loss.
November 20, 2020 @ 9:44 am
My prayers are with the family, I wish we could attend services but we are again in Lockdown here in Colorado.
James & Marcia Melvin
November 20, 2020 @ 2:37 pm
Donnie and family .
You’re in my prayers for comfort.
Bless your heart another brother so soon.
Cherish the memories.
May he rest in peace.
Kathy (Bray) Beaty class of ’75
November 20, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
Wilda and boys: our deepest condolences. We will not be at the funeral Sat, but will get by fir viewing Friday night, and will sign rhe book.
Mick and Donna Gilliam
November 20, 2020 @ 8:22 pm
Was sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to the family, children, and grandchildren. Will be with you all in spirit during this time.