Graveside service for Robert “Bob” Lee Melton was November 28, 2021 at Smith Cemetery, Flat, with military honors. Arrangements were under the direction of James & Gahr Mortuary, Salem.

Mr. Melton was born August 25, 1949 in St. Louis to Lee Dale and Ruth Jane (Taylor) Melton. He died November 14, 2021 at the age of 72 years.

Survivors include his children, Bobbie Gotchal and Steve, Salem; Rhonda Mitchell and R.J., St. Louis; and Eric Melton, Salem; siblings, Barry Melton, St. Charles; Frank Melton and Sharon, Salem; David Melton and Sheri, St. Louis; Ruth Krueger and Phil, Salem; special friend, Una Youtsey; grandchildren, Mantha Fry and George; Miranda White and Travis; Dalton Mendenhall; Hayden Gotchal; Jodi Gotchal; Roger Mitchell and Ash Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Adam Fry, Kimber Fry, Ollie White and Luna White.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Rita Melton; son, Christopher Melton; siblings, Bill and Fred Melton and Nancy Hines.

Mr. Melton served in the United States Marines during Vietnam War.