Cover photo for Linda K. Melius's Obituary

Linda K. Melius

November 3, 1956 — August 27, 2023


Linda K. Melius

Age 66 of Diamond, Illinois and formerly of Waukegan, Illinois passed away Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois with family surrounding her.

Born November 3, 1956 in Waukegan, Linda is a daughter of Virginia (Mitchell) Reif of Waukegan and the late, Robert Reif. She was raised and educated Waukegan and attended Waukegan High School. On October 31, 1987, Linda married James Allan Melius and he preceded her in death on February 1, 2020.

To know Linda was to love her. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and friend. A natural caregiver in every definition of the word. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and kitties. Not only was she an amazing mother to her own children, but she often took on a motherly and even grandmotherly role with her kid's friends and their children. She also had a passion for gardening, she had a magical green thumb, and could keep even the trickiest plants alive. She could always be found in the summer months outside tending to her garden.

Survivors include her mother, Virginia; daughter, Alison Melius (Mitch Hibler) of Terra Haute, Indiana and son, Max Melius of Diamond; two brothers: Mitchell (Liz) Reif of Vernon Hills, Illinois and David (Tracy) Reif of Winthop Harbor, Illinois; one sister, Susan Eng of Annapolis, Maryland; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jim Fantus, Michael (Rita) Melius and Robert (Judy) Melius, and nieces and nephews: Matt (Natalie) Fantus, Michael Fantus, Melissa (Matt) Lynch, Jacquie (Mike) Matayosian, Katie (Jake) Otterson, Jason (Cierra) Reif, Christian Eng and Bryant Eng.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Robert Reif; husband, Jim Melius and one sister, Bobbie Fantus.

In lieu of flowers, please go to your local greenhouse/nursery and pick out a plant for your home, in honor of Linda.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation and celebration of Linda’s life on November 10, 2023 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Linda’s memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory. (815-634-2125)

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Linda K. Melius, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Friday, November 10, 2023

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Reeves Funeral Home Coal City

75 North Broadway, Coal City, IL 60416

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