Joseph Earl Melin, 76, of Bowling Green, Indiana passed away at IU Methodist Hospital on October 4, 2019 following a short illness.
He was born September 1, 1943, in Danville, Illinois, the son of Andrew Carl and Willie Elsie (Karrick) Melin. He lived in Hoopston, Illinois and graduated from Hoopston High School with the class of 1961. He moved to Monticello, Indiana in his 20’s and started with the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #240 which later became Local #157.
Joe held many offices in the union both in Lafayette and Terre Haute. He retired in 2002 as the business manager for local #157. He was also the president of the Monticello Moose lodge and founded the Prairie Timber Coon Hunters Club in Monticello.
After retirement from the union, he became a business owner including his last venture Ringtails and Tall Tales, in Bowling Green, IN, with business partner Kevin Cook.
When he wasn’t working he enjoyed fishing at his pond and hunting.
He is survived by his children: Julie (John) Van Cleve of Monticello, IN, JoEllen (Mark) Kelley of Monticello, IN, Jim (Jackie) Melin of Northern Ireland, Joshua Melin of Indianapolis, IN, Matthew (Christina) Melin of Fairfax, VA, Jeremiah (Hunter) Melin of Burnettsville, IN, and Joseph Melin of Brookston, IN; significant other of 18 years Lori Ross, her children: Heather (Hunter) Lavoine and April Chamness; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings: Andrew Melin Jr. of Monticello, IN and Mary Melin of Troy, IL as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Andrew and Willie Melin and 2 children: John Melin and an infant daughter, Mary Melin.
Services will be at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00am with Pastor Brian Holt officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home, on Wednesday, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the March of Dimes 1345 Ohio St, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.