Woodward, Okla. —
Melvin became an aircraft mechanic, serving at Enid and Pampa air bases.
He owned a 1940 Plymouth Club Coupe so he was able to drive back to Woodward any time he got a pass to see his wife Grace Mullenax Nix, whom he had married right after leaving the CCC in 1938.
Following the war and the return to civilian life, Melvin learned to fly on the GI Bill and returned to his prior occupation of driving and working on vehicles in Woodward. The year following the Woodward tornado, 1948, he became Daddy to his only child, Saundra. He endowed her with his love for flying planes and driving vehicles, but sadly, not with the ability to fix them when they break. For some 20 years Melvin ran a well-known Sinclair service station at the intersection of Main and Oklahoma. He also ran a wholesale oil and gas business for many of those years. He served his community for two terms on the Woodward Board of Education and on the City Commission. He served as Exalted Ruler of the Woodward Elks Lodge and held an office in both the Woodward Elks and Woodward Masonic lodges up until suffering his final illness. He was also a member of the American Legion and First Christian Church.
After his wife Grace passed away in 1988, Melvin married Mollie Brannen. He and Mollie and their extended families enjoyed spending summer vacations at a cabin they bought at South Fork, Colorado, on the banks of the Rio Grande. Mollie passed on in February 2005.
Melvin was known for being the gentleman his mother had raised him to be, always rising to greet people entering the room, even when in his later years he could hardly stand, and always shaking hands with people, coming and going. He carried on a sort of telephone ministry calling his many friends to stay in touch and encourage them, using a magnifying reader after he lost his sight, to look up telephone numbers he did not know by memory. He enjoyed riding the bus to lunch each weekday at the Woodward Senior Center and always appreciated the loving care shown him by the staff and participants there. In his last months, Melvin received excellent care from the staff at Providence Place Assisted Living and Grace Living Center in Woodward, and from special friends Nina Nickel and Lois and Lillie Fessler, for which the family expresses its deepest gratitude.