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OBITUARY

John Henry Melching Jr.

January 14, 1924July 24, 2020
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John H. Melching, Jr. passed from this life to his eternal home in heaven on July 24, 2020, at the age of 96. John was born January 14, 1924, in Huntington, Indiana to John H. and Cozy Melching. He graduated from Union Township High School in Huntington in 1942 and began his military service in the United States Army on January 27, 1943. He was transferred to the tank destroyers unit at Camp Hood in Killeen, TX and was soon deployed to Europe to fight in World War II. He saw action in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. Injured in the Central Europe campaign when the jeep he was driving ran over a land mine, John returned to the US and was discharged in October 1945.

While stationed at Camp Hood, John visited Austin one weekend. As he stood in line to wait for a ticket and a seat at the movie theater, he met Ester Bell Hays from Liberty Hill. Ester corresponded with John during the war by mailing letters sealed with lipstick kisses! Once he recovered from his injuries, John returned to Austin to visit Ester. John and Ester were united in marriage on November 8, 1945. They lived a short time in his hometown of Huntington, Indiana where their son Timothy Wayne was born. They moved to Austin in 1948. Their daughter Karen Sue was born here in Austin. John and Ester celebrated their 70th anniversary on November 8, 2015. This union of 70 years lasted until Ester’s death in 2016.

John was a licensed union plumber and a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #286 for 70 years. He was known as a hard worker – dedicated to doing the job right. He was an active, faithful member of Hyde Park Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. He actively participated in helping Ester serve fellowship meals at the church. “Game night” was a favorite event for both of them.

John was preceded in death by his wife Ester, his parents, and his brother Carl.

He is survived by his son Tim and his wife Gem of Georgetown, and his daughter Karen Sue McCormick and her husband Lamar of Taylor. He is survived by the following grandchildren, Kara Beth Melching Farmer and husband Kirk of Killeen, Matthew Melching and wife Amy of Killeen, Jonna Evans and husband Brent of Sundown, Cove McCormick and wife Casi of Georgetown, and Temple Masters and husband Clint of Houston; great grandchildren, Jonathan Melching, Jackson Melching, Gracie Farmer, Collin Evans, Jimmie Evans, Julia Evans, Watson Evans, Gracie McCormick, Addie McCormick, Michael Ivey, Gaven Ivey, Jordan Masters, and Madison Masters. He is also survived by his brother, Fred Melching.

The family would like to thank the staff of Rocky Hollow Assisted Living and Memory Care in Georgetown, TX for the exceptional care they provided.

Individuals may pay their respects at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar on Thursday, July 30 from 12-8 PM. The funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Friday, July 31 at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar. Interment services will follow at Memorial Hill Cemetery, 14501 North IH-35, Pflugerville, TX. The funeral service will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/CookWaldenFuneralHome/ and will be available for viewing after services have concluded.

Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kirk Farmer, Pallbearer
  • Denny Kutch, Pallbearer
  • Cove McCormick, Pallbearer
  • Jackson Melching, Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Melching, Pallbearer
  • Matt Melching, Pallbearer
  • Wallace Gootman, Pallbearer

Services

  • Lay in State

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020

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David Mitchell

July 31, 2020

Tim and I were best friends in high school. We were Best men at each of our weddings. Needless to say I was very close with the Melching family. I loved John and Esther very much. They were a wonderful Christian couple with high Christian values, therefore Tim and I could not do anything bad. Through the years we were apart with our different lives but years later was able to move back to area. Was able to see John again not long ago and was such a blessing. The Melchings will remain in my heart as long as I live. Hopefully will meet again John at the great reunion in Heaven.
Love,
David Mitchell

Darla Rapier

July 31, 2020

I have heard stories from long ago. When my parents moved into their home in 1954 there was a lot of vacant lots on Grover Ave. The next home that was being built was the Melching house on the corner. Since then there have been 8 homes that have been added. I didn't come along until 1957 and from that date on there have been so many memories made through the years. RIP you are truly missed. W A (Joe) Denton and Darla Denton Rapier and Family

Diana Smith

July 29, 2020

We are so sad to hear about John’s passing! What sweet memories we have of Ester and John growing up at Church of Christ in Hyde Park! They were always so loving and kind to everyone! I will never forget driving to Abilene with just Ester and I to see Sing Song at ACC. We drove in a snow storm and could only see the tracks in the road to follow! But we pushed on and made it! They both will always be in our hearts and know they are reunited together and with all their friends that have passed on! Love to all the family!

Chap Thornton

July 28, 2020

I wanted to share an old photo of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 286's apprenticeship class from the late 40's/early 50's and I believe John is the tall one in the center top row. I believe this photo was taken at the Old Austin High School in what is now the ACC Rio Grande campus.

Debbie Kutch-Harris

July 28, 2020

Debbie Kutch-Harris

July 28, 2020

Debbie Kutch-Harris

July 28, 2020

Sally Wieland Lyons

July 28, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. This man was loved by my father and mother and all of my family. I'm deeply saddened at the lost of such a great man.

Erin Bishop

July 28, 2020

My deepest condolences to your family at this very difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

Deborah Koehn

July 28, 2020

Tim, Karen and family,
My family feels so honored to have been neighbors with John and Ester over 50 years. They were the very best neighbors and friends we could have had. John and Ester and Warren Weiland were the reason we went to then, Northside Church of Christ. They were such good people and Christian examples to follow. We miss them so much but know where they are and we know we will see them again. We love both of them as family. We love each of you as their family too. God bless you as you go through this season of mourning.
Love,
The Bill Scott Family, Bill and Charlene Scott, Perry and Debbie Koehn, Tim and Sharon Brinthaupt, and Larry and Annette Scott and families

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