Herbert V. Melson, 84, of Frankford, Del., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, in the comfort of his home. He was born in Selbyville, Del., on Feb. 17, 1934, son of the late Benjamin Ralph Melson and Alice Marie (Murray) Melson.
Melson was a graduate of Lord Baltimore High School, in the Class of 1952. He had a distinguished military career in the U.S. Army, serving two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He also served 12 years at the White House Telecommunication Center under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
Melson was a recipient of the Legion of Merit Award, which was the second-highest accommodation that could be received at that time. He retired and was honorably discharged from the Army on June 1, 1977, after 23 years of service, achieving the rank of chief warrant officer third class. After his discharge from the Army, he continued to serve his country in civil service for 17 years.
Melson was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion and the Millville Volunteer Fire Company. He was also a charter member of the Dagsboro Lions Club and served on the Dagsboro Town Council. He was involved with all of his children’s sporting events and served as a baseball umpire.
Melson served God and his country and will be remembered for his kind, compassionate and loyal demeanor. His devotion to his family was unparalleled, as he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and son.
In addition to his parents, Melson was preceded in death by a son, Alton Lee Melson; a brother, Levin James Melson; his mother-in-law, Lizzie Anna Murray; his grandparents, Frank and Letha Derrickson, and a stillborn great-grandson, Zachary.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Agnes I. (Murray) Melson; four children, Herbert Melson Jr. and his wife, Diane, of New Kent, Va., Ralph Melson and his wife, Vicki, of Pylesville, Md., Wayne Melson and his wife, Debbie, of Pearland, Texas, and Velicia Melson of Frankford; two grandchildren who lived with Herb and Agnes, Anna Sipes and Matthew Herbert Melson; a sister, Ida Melson Olroyd of Marseilles, Ill.; a brother, Robert Melson and his spouse, Pat, of Georgetown, Del.; nine other grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was to be held Sept. 14, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del. Interment with military honors was to follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Home of the Brave; 6632 Sharps Rd.; Milford, DE 19963 (www.homeofthebravefdn.org). Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.