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Roger Melvin

August 9, 1939 — November 28, 2020

Roger Melvin

Roger E. Melvin

Age 81 of Coal City, passed away Saturday evening, November 28, 2020 at Morris Hospital.

Born August 9, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois, Roger Earl was a son of Earl Laverne Melvin and Edith Eva (Pittman) Melvin. He was raised and educated in Streator, and on October 16, 1960, Roger married Brenda Kaye Brady in the Presbyterian Church in Chenoa.

Roger worked as an automobile mechanic in Coal City for several years before gaining employment with Material Service Corporation, where he retired as the Superintendent of Maintenance following 35 years of service. He was a member of the Coal City Area Club, and was a lifelong member of the A.F. & A.M. Braidwood and Wilmington Masonic Lodge where he served as Grand Master (1985). Roger loved spending time outdoors, boating and fishing with his family. He enjoyed traveling with his brother to fish all across North America from Florida to Canada, and he took great pleasure in vacationing at the family home in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Roger will be remembered as a cherished and devoted husband to his wife, Brenda.  He was a loving father and grandfather who always had a story to tell in his own unique way; always with a smile and some laughter.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Brenda; three children: Dean (Marianne) Melvin of Coal City, Darren (Heather) Melvin of Wilmington and Jennie (Art) Johnson of Crest Hill; son-in-law, Todd Schumacher; eight grandchildren: Heather (Derek) Davis, Matt Melvin, Brian Popovich, Katie Cialone, Julie Popovich (fiancé, Hunter Sayers), Amy Popovich, Douglas Johnson, and Brady Johnson; five great grandchildren: Emily Popovich, Braxton Davis, Kade Melvin, Jace Cialone, and Ella Popovich; one brother, Michael Melvin of Oglesby; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Melvin of Streator and numerous nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Schumacher, and six brothers: Randall (Mary) Melvin, Ronald Melvin, Gregory Melvin, Dennis Melvin, Richard Melvin and Roland Melvin in infancy.

Per Roger’s wishes, green flameless cremation rites were accorded.

The family will celebrate both Roger and Brenda on Saturday, June 12, 2021. A memorial visitation will be held at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service 3:00 p.m.

Together, Roger and Brenda will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Roger’s memory to the Coal City Food Pantry.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Roger’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Green flameless cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. ( 815-634-2125 )

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


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