Mellvo (Mel) J. Beach was born April 20, 1938 to Harriet and Henry Beach in Battle Creek, Michigan. He passed away on October 28, 2018 surrounded by his family after a long battle with COPD.
He was a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He and Sue Cullers were married 60 years and raised five children who adored him. He enjoyed many outdoor activities. Some favorites were cutting wood, hunting, making maple syrup with friends, gardening, and lawn/landscaping work. Other favorite activities were vacationing with his family, especially his grandchildren, and family get togethers where he could indulge in favorite meals and share laughs. He was a fiercely loyal and supportive family man. He always enjoyed a good conversation with friends, some of whom he met that very moment. In his younger years, he played and umpired baseball, Mel enjoyed country music. His family fondly remembers him singing his favorite songs.
Mel retired after 29 years of working at Bradford White where he was known for his hard work and tenacity. He was also a former deacon at Quimby Church.
Mel is survived by his wife, Sue, and children Val (Dave), Dawn (Tim), Joe (Kim), and Robin (Michelle); his grandchildren Jessi and Ben, Brianne and Joe Jr., Dale, and Courtney and Timmy; as well as 14 great grandchildren. Sadly, Mel's loving daughter and name sake, Melva Josephine, went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Harriet, and siblings, Joann, David, Charles, Tom, and John.
Special thanks to Sharon and Tina and their families for all of the love and support.
Memorial contributions may be made to Barry County Youth Day; 1611 S. Hanover street suite #105, Hastings, Michigan 49058 or charity of ones choice.
Grave side services will be held November 11 at 1:00 at Dowling Cemetery. Luncheon to follow at Baltimore Township Hall in Dowling.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Lauer Family Funeral Home -Wren Chapel; 1401 N. Broadway Street, Hastings, Michigan 49058.