A memorial service for Melvin George McCall, 74, Lawrence, will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, February 17, 2014, at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Graveside service with Military Honors will follow at Oak Hill cemetery.
Melvin died Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after fighting multiple myeloma for nearly nine years. Melvin was born June 9, 1939, the son of George and Fern Larson McCall. He graduated from Salina High School in 1957 and Kansas State University in 1961 with a degree in accounting. He also served in the Air National Guard.
Melvin moved to Topeka where he started and ran an accounting and payroll business for many years. He married Donnis June Klahr on May 22, 1964. They had two children. Donnis preceded him in death on February 17, 2013.
Survivors include his mother Fern, Salina, KS; one daughter, Kimberly Vitt and husband Joe, Eudora; one son, Brian McCall and wife Jenny, Lawrence; his brother, Larry McCall and wife Joyce, Bartlesville, OK; his sister, Marilyn Smith, Topeka; five grandchildren, Jordan and Katelyn Vitt, Amanda, Allison and Andrew McCall.
Melvin’s greatest joy came from doing for others which gave him a tremendous drive to live.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the medical staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for their years of care and support.
The family suggests memorials to the LMH Endowment – Oncology Center or Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Messages & Condolences
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.I have a lot of fond memories when my husband Gerry and I lived in Salina and kept in touch with him after he moved to Topeka. You have my deepest sympathy. Donna
Kim and Brian;
So sorry to hear of the passing of you dad. I was a cousin of your dad; he and I worked at the same Dillon’s store. he was also helpfull when I started at K-State.
We send our most sincere sympathy to Mel’s family and friends. We were neighbors across the street from each other for several years at Lake Sherwood. We enjoyed lots of laughs and mailbox chats. He was such a kind man and always so proud of his kids. We send our prayers that time and many happy memories will ease the pain you feel today.
Your dad loved his children & grandkids. He had a great smile and was so easy to talk to. We will miss him. May God be with all of you in the days ahead.
Love, Mom & Dad Poskonka
My Mother in Law , Ferne Morse worked for Melvin for many years at Capital Service Bureau in Topeka.
He meant so very much to our family. I have never met a more caring and loving person. Uncle Melvin as we called him would do anything for anyone. He was always showing up Christmas Eve dressed up as Santa with well thought out gifts for all. In true Santa fashion he would be gone in the blink of an eye to his next stop.
We will always remember his kindness, his wonderful smile and his love for Mankind. Melvin will be greatly missed.
Dear Kim and Brian, We were so sorry to read that Mel has passed away. We were friends many years ago. We didn’t realize Donnis had passed away last year. She was my matron of honor in our wedding in ’62. The last time we saw her was at the hospital in Denver, and she recognized me right away when I called her June Bug. We had some really good times with Mel and Donnis, and want you to know we thought he was a great guy. Even though we lost touch so many years ago, they both hold a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Ron and Connie Carson
Queen Creek, AZ
Your father and I spent a lot of our youth together. We played together as kids. We enjoyed Sunday School at First Methodist Church. We both worked for Dillons although different stores. We played baseball, football, basketball and golf together. We were roommates at K-State. He was a great cousin and friend.
Brian & Kim, you are in my thoughts and prayers, know your dad is now resting comfortably. I have many good memories of our families together. Fondly, Rita
Although I didn’t know Mel very long I do know that he was a very giving person. Here at Wyndam Place he was very much admired and loved. Even when he couldn’t attend our montly pot lucks he would, if his health was good, fix delicious dishes for us to eat. He was a wonderful cook. On occassion he would
fix pop corn for our small group that watched KU Men’s Basketball games. We will miss you Mel and extend our deepest sympathies to your family!
Sincerely, Janet Blevins
Kim and Brian,
We were so sorry to read about Mel’s passing. We knew him when he started his business and became friends with your family. May God carry you through this time.
Vernon and Marilyn Brown
Kim and Brian, I am so sorry to learn that your dad has passed away. I know how much he loved you and how dedicated he was to you both. You will miss him! May God bless you both in the coming days.
Sorry for your loss.
Kim and Brian,
So sorry to see your dad has passed. I have fond memories of your whole family from many years ago living in Lake Sherwood. God bless you both and your families.
JB and Nancy Sharp
Kim and Brian,
Please take strength in the fact that your dad loved you both so much. I remember when you were growing up, he was always there and was so supportive. God Bless. May he rest in piece.
So sorry for your loss Marilyn. You will be in my prayers
Brian & Jenny -We are so sorry for your loss. Mel was a great man and will be missed. We love you guys !
Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself
Mel always enjoyed chatting with the front office staff about his grandkids, especially his playing Santa for them at Christmas. He was such a gentleman in both stature & kindness. We will truly miss him here.
Marilyn and Larry
My sympathies to you and your families on the loss of your brother.
I visited with your mother on Wednesday and she seems to be holding up quite well considering her loss and her age.
Melvin and I have the same last mame but our families are not related but know each other.
Melvin and I were also in the Kansas Air National Guard unit together. My sympathy to each of you during this difficult time and losing both parents in leas than a year.
My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family at this difficult time.
Kim & Brian
Your dad was a wonderful brother to me and I will miss him and our telephone conversations terribly. He always wanted to take care of everyone else without any thought about himself. I could always talk to him about anything and he was such a good listener. May God give us all the strength we need as we go through this hard time.
Love to all. Aunt Marilyn
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